Early Ojibwe - Haydn Harste
Harvesting Wild Rice
After the crops were harvested in the summer, the Ojibwe moved in the Fall, or in Ojibwe dagwaagin, the Ojibwe moved to ponds marshes and lakes where wild rice grew. The wild rice was one of the Ojibwes' favorite food. They harvested it in canoes. The person in the front bent the stalks and knocked the rice into the canoe. Then they dried it in the sun. Then It was roasted over a fire, and then men and children would lightly step on them and grind the husks off. Last, They would pour it into a basket and toss it into the air to blow away the outer skin.
Getting Ready for winter
When they weren't harvesting or preparing wild rice, they got ready for the winter. The children collected late-season berries like raspberries and dried them. Men hunted ducks and geese that flocked the wild rice marshes. Men and women caught fish and preserved them for winter.