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Wild Rice and the Ojibway People

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Wild rice has always been essential to life in the Upper Midwest and neighboring Canada. In this far-reaching book, Thomas Vennum, Jr., uses travelers' narratives, historical and ethnological accounts, scientific data, historical and contemporary photographs and sketches, his own field work, and the words of Indian people to examine the importance of this wild food to the Ojibway people. He details the technology of harvesting and processing, from seventeenth-century reports though modern mechanization. He explains the important place of wild rice in Ojibway ceremony and legend and depicts the rich social life of the traditional rice camps. And he reviews the volatile issues of treaty rights and litigations involving Indian problems in maintaining this traditional resource.

A staple of the Ojibway diet and economy for centuries, wild rice has now become a gourmet food. With twentieth-century agricultural technology and paddy cultivation, white growers have virtually removed this important source of income from Indain hands. Nevertheless, the Ojibway continue to harvest and process rice each year. It remains a vital part of their social, cultural, and religious life.

About the Author

Thomas Vennum, Jr., is senior ethnomusicologist, Office of Folklife Programs at the Smithsonian Institution and author of The Ojibway Dance Drum: Its History and Construction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780873512268
Author:
Vennum, Thomas, Jr.
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Location:
St. Paul :
Subject:
Home economics
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Food
Subject:
Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Food and nutrition
Subject:
Ojibwa Indians
Subject:
Wild rice.
Subject:
Wild rice -- Lake States.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Ojibwa Indians -- Food.
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Food -- Lake States.
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
28
Publication Date:
19880731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » Native American » Northeast
History and Social Science » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Crop Science

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