Early Ojibwe by: Carissa Wheeler

Fall ~ Dagwaagin

Wild rice

Every fall the Ojibwe left their summer village and set out to find a new village where pounds, marshes, lakes and where wild rice grew. Because the wild rice grew on the water they had to take a canoe to harvest the corn, the person in the back pushed the canoe through the rice fields using a long pole the person infront tapped the grain heads with a knocking stick until rice was harvest. First the rice was spread out on big sheets or bark so it would dry out in the sun then, it was roasted over a fire and poured into a pit lined with animal hide men and children wearing clean moccasins would step inside the pit and grind the corn so the husks would fall off. Finally the rice was poured onto trys and tossed lightly in the air so the wind would blow away the the outer layer of skin.

Other fall food

Those who did not take part in the rice harvest kept busy with other autumn tasks. Children collected late-season berries and dried them for use during winter. Men hunted the ducks and geese that flocked to the rice marshes during the fall. Men and women caught fish and preserved them for the coming winter.