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MAZINAIGANSUPPLEMENTPAGE62014OgaakaagaangBiitooshkoAfteralongdaytogethermymishomisde-cidedtostopbytheKakagonSloughstoseehowthemanoominwildricewasgrowing.ThisisatthebottomofthewatershedwheretheraindropisalmostreadytoenterGichigami.Hereiswhereourmanoomingrows.Hesaidthatthericehereripensfirstsothisiswherepeoplestartharvestingthericeinearlyfall.MymishomissaidthatheusedtogoricingwithhisfatheranduncleattheKakagonSloughs.Whenhewasakidhewouldsitinthecanoeandhisfatherwouldpushthemthroughthewaterwithalongpole.Thenhisunclewouldusestickscalledknockerstogatherthericeintothecanoe.Wedothesametoday.NowthatsoundslikehardworkAnditis.Grandfathertaughtmehowlastyear.Butitisworthitbecausemanoominisoneofmyfa-voritefoods.Sometimesmynookomiscooksitandsweetensitup.Shecallsthisglorifiedwildrice.ItishersecretfamilyrecipebutshesaidIcouldshareitwithyouseepage7.Iloveitthatway.YoushouldtryitMymishomistoldmethatmanoominisverysensitivetochangesinthewater.Hesaidthatpollutedrun-offfromaminecouldbeharmfultothericebeds.Mishomistoldmethattherearealotofwaysthatthewatercouldbeharmed.Hesaidthatclimatechangecanalsoharmthericebeds.Climatechangeiswhentheearthgetshotterorcolder.Whenpeoplepollutetheairthatcancauseclimatechange.LearninghowtoriceatBadRiver.Lastyearsomeofourtribesricerstookthetimetoteachyouthhowtorice.Itlookseasybutitisnot.Youwanttouseacanoesoitcanslipeasilythroughthericebedswithouthurtingthericeandcanoesaretippy.Soyouhavetobecarefulstandingbacktherepolingthecanoeandyouhavetobestrong.Weweretaughttobeverycarefulknockingthericetojustbenditgentlywithoneofourriceknockersandtapitgentlyintothecanoe.YoudontwanttosmashorbreaktheplantorwastethericeWealsohelpedremovecattailsfromthericebedsintheKakagonSloughs.Thereisanewkindofcattailthatisntsupposedtobethere.Ithaspushedoutourriceplants.Ithinktheycallitaninvasiveplant.Wellthoseallhavetobepulledupbyhandsowehadtoreallyworkhardforseveraldaystryingtogetridofthoseinvaders.Ifwedidntourmanoominbedswouldnolongerbethere.CanoeCattailGatherKakagonKnockersManoominOjibwePoleRicersSloughWaterWildRiceEONACTCVNyWATERRJDIASREKCONKMRAQELOPNROCWILDRICEOANOGAKAKHNTOOPCNPATATOJIBWELAMASRECIRCGKIWBSLOUGHULWildricewordsearch