Artist

Maker Unknown

Title of Work

Winnowing basket

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Medium

Birch bark

Height

18"

Width

24"

Collection/Provenance

Merry Claymore Ketterling Collection, American Indian Studies Department

Status

Temporarily Stored; ISO BOX 6

Location

American Indian Studies Office

Additional Information

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. Knocking sticks were utilized during wild-rice harvesting season to knock wild rice grains off the plants and into a boat. The birch basket was used for winnowing, a traditional agricultural method for separating grain from chaff.

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