Manoomin: Where Science and the Sacred Meet (2017-4)

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Jul 30, 2018
Kristi Kremers, Mary Hannemann, Beth Mercer-Taylor

This case study examines the story of a young scientist as she attempts to navigate the complexities of culture, science and the sacred. She is aware of the basic scientific background on wild rice, but doesn’t understand the significance of wild rice to the Ojibwe people. In addition, the case study includes a stakeholder analysis examining the perspectives of the tribes, industry, environmentalists and university researchers. And finally, a systems thinking module helps us better understand the complex interactions in the socio-environmental landscapes.


Estimated time frame: 
A few class periods (i.e., less than 3 hours), units within a course
SES learning goals: 

SES Competency Domains:

  • Systems Thinking
  • Boundary-crossing
  • Socio-cultural competency
Has this been tested in the class room: 
Course and class size: 
Intercultural Competence module: Two workshops for graduate students in fall of 2017 (40 students total)
Does this case have an answer key: 
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