Deb Echo-Hawk

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Deb Echo-Hawk is Keeper of the Seeds for the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma Seed Preservation Project. Believing that the seeds that have sustained our Pawnee for hundreds of years should be a part of our daily diet, Echo-Hawk has worked with her brothers, Walter and Roger, family and friends with consultation from the Nasharo Council of Chiefs, and Pawnee Cultural Committee to preserve these seeds. The Seed Preservation Project is unique, including gardeners from the tribal homeland in Nebraska in addition to Oklahoma gardeners. Also unique is the DNA study of the corn seeds conducted by Nebraska volunteer Dr. Tom Hoegemeyer, chairman of the Technical Steering Group of U.S. Germplasm Enhancement of Maize.

 

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