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Traditional Harvest of Wild Rice

Course Overview

Manoomin, Zizani aquatica, wild rice… the symbolic grain of the North. Wild rice has been a significant food source for the people who have inhabited the Great Lakes region for centuries and who have harvested this annual grain generation after generation. After an overview of wild rice harvesting, students will spend the first day carving their own set of rice knocking sticks from locally harvested white cedar. On day two students will travel to a local ricing bed for a day of harvesting. Day three will be spent processing the harvested grain using a blend of traditional and modern techniques. Each student will go home with a small amount of finished rice. Participants must have some paddling experience.

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