Early Ojibwe Fall -Dagwaagin

BY Maddy

Wild Rice

In fall they travel to places near ponds ,lakes where the Wild Rice grows . They would collect the wild rice using knocking sticks to hit the grain off the stalks and into the canoe . Then they would spread the rice out on big sheets of bark so it could dry in the sun.Then they would roast it over the fire then pour the rice into a pit lineed with hide. There men and children wearing clean moccasins would pull the outer husks off by stepping on them lightly .

Other Fall Tasks

They also had the children collect berries and dry them for the winter. Men hunted ducks and geese that lived in the rice ponds in the fall. Men and women caught fish and dried them for the upcoming winter.
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