Title of Work
Birch bark, plant twine
UND Art Collections: American Indian Studies Merry Claymore Ketterling Collection
Not on display
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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