Moments in Time: Ojibwe elder Billy Blackwell tells the story of wild rice

Wild Rice harvest
Wild Rice harvest

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Wild rice was an important food source for early Native Americans in this region.  

In this edition of "Moments in Time," Ojibwe elder Billy Blackwell, of the Grand Portage band of Lake Superior Chippewa, tells the story of wild rice and its place in Anishinaabe culture.  Produced by Carah Thomas.

(Photo by the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs. Minnesota Agency, 1934)


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