Title of Work
Merry Claymore Ketterling Collection, American Indian Studies Department
Temporarily Stored; ISO BOX 6
American Indian Studies Office
Historically a staple of American Indian sustenance, wild rice remains an important food source for some Native peoples. It is most plentiful in the upper regions of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Growing in shallow water of lakes and streams, it is harvested in early autumn. The knocking sticks were utilized during wild-rice harvesting season to knock wild rice grains off the plants and into a boat. A birch basket was used for winnowing, a traditional agricultural method for separating grain from chaff.