Early Ojibwe by: Avery Glissendorf
Wild rice, a plant that grows in water, was one of the main foods the Ojibwe ate. They harvested the grain from the stalks by whacking the stalk with knocking sticks. Children collected late-season berries and dried them for the upcoming winter. Meanwhile, men hunted duck and geese. The women and the men caught fish and preserved them for the winter.
In the fall the Ojibwe moved to places by ponds, lakes, and marshes. They moved here because of the wild rice, for it is one of the most important focuses of the early Ojibwe fall life.