A monthly book club discussing works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have the Great Lakes as their setting or subject matter. The selection for this month is Good Seeds: A Menominee Food Memoir by Thomas Pecore Weso.
For Menominee Indians, the “Good Seeds” of life are the “manoomin” or wild rice that also gives the tribe its name. This new food memoir by tribal member Thomas Pecore Weso takes readers on a cook’s journey through the North Woods tribal lands. Weso connects Menominee food — beaver, trout, blackberry, wild rice, maple sugar, partridge — to the colorful individuals who taught him Indigenous values, including his medicine man grandfather, Moon, and his grandmother Jennie.
Amateur and professional historians will appreciate his often humorous personal stories about reservation life during the mid-twentieth century, when many elders, fluent in the Algonquian language, practiced the old ways. With his rare perspective as a Native anthropologist and artist, he mixes a poignant personal story with the seeds of Menominee cooking traditions to write a memoir that showcases foods many cooks don’t have in their repertoires and details Reservation culture and cooking with humor and heart.
Held the first Thursday of every month in the Bridgewater Room of the beautiful Door County Maritime Museum, the Great Lakes/Great Books discussions are free and open to all ages.