White corn has long played a central role in the traditions of the Oneida Nation. In recent years, people living near Green Bay have begun to reclaim it. Tribal member Laura Manthe and the Oneida White Corn Growers Group have spent the past three years collecting seeds and planting, harvesting and breeding the heirloom crop. In this second Wisconsin Life story from The Lands We Share farming history project, Manthe explains the origins of their effort.
The Lands We Share is an oral history project and traveling exhibit on the diversity of farming in Wisconsin. It’s currently at the Oneida Nation in Green Bay until Sunday, November 25th. The exhibit moves to the Hoard Historical Museum in Fort Atkinson on Tuesday, November 27th, where there will also host a community dinner and conversation. This story was edited by Craig Eley.