IN CAMPS • s develop skills, eserves for winter gently guiding his motion, he learned how to stir the rice so that it slid down the back of the pot and didn’t scorch. After a few minutes, he got into a good rhythm and everyone cheered him on, the smell of roasting manoomin filling the air. Next, veteran harvester Pete McGeshick, Jr. dem- onstrated how to dance and winnow the rice.The young boys at camp picked up on these tasks quickly, even throwing in some delicate spin moves while in the pit, andkeepingagoodcadencewhilethemanoomindanced inside a large, duct-taped birch bark basket that had belonged to Pete’s father.The sun, the spirits, and many generations smiled down on camp that day as relatives from all over Ojibwe Country ended the day laughing and visiting over chicken wild rice soup and fry bread. In Mole Lake, the ceremony of manoominikewin was complete. —Dylan Jennings/Paula Maday Odaawaa-zaaga’iganiing (Lac Courte Oreilles) Nearly 150 miles away at the Waadookodaading Immersion School, the day starts with ceremony as the drum sounds and a prayer is lifted in the language. Ojibwemowin is the only language heard in this circle. Students are instructed to gather their lunches, bags and supplies and load onto the buses. These fourth through sixth graders have all been ricing before and are eager to arrive at the lake. The LCO charter school takes students out just about every year to harvest the good berry. Pacwawong Lake is famous for its long and dense manoomin stalks, sometimes sitting higher than the canoe poler. Without hesitation, the students unload the canoes and offer asemaa. The manoomin beds are their class- rooms for the day. Teachers and chaperones float by in other canoes and encourage the kids to keep speaking Ojibwemowin throughout the day. The students take turnspoling,knockingandidentifyingplantsandanimals in the language. “Wiidookawashin! (Help!)” rings out in the autumn air. One canoe flipped over but the rest of the crew showed up just in time to help. A perfect opportunity to teach about reseeding and the ecology of manoomin. —Dylan Jennings/Paula Maday Mashkiziibing (Bad River) Ashland High School—in collaboration with Bad River tribal programs, GLIFWC, and University of Wisconsin-Extension—gatheredatPacwawongLakein hopes of bringing back a few fresh bags of manoomin. Much like the Waadookodaading crew, the Ashland High group sustained a couple of reseeding spills, but the attitude is all around excitement and ambition as twosoakingwetteenagersclimbbackintotheirjiimaan, asking: “Can we still rice?” Manyofthestudentsthatparticipatedinthisouting are part of the Native American Club at Ashland High. The majority of the group has never been ricing before, howeverthenumberofyouththatsignedupforthefield trip indicated it was a very popular choice. “This is a great way to get out of the classroom and teach. I think we definitely need to keep this event going for years to come,” said Ashland High Home School Coordinator Joe Corbine. RiceharvestedthatdaymadeitswaytotheAshland SchoolDistrict’sFallFestaweeklateronSeptember28. There, the participating students parched, danced, win- nowed, and hand cleaned the rice alongside Bad River community members and GLIFWC staff. Against the backdrop of a birch bark canoe made by the community, students learned and then shared information about manoominikewinwithclassesK-12.Itwasawonderful event that boosted cultural knowledge and confidence for Bad River youth and created cross-cultural under- standing in a Ceded Territory school that serves both Native and non-Native students. The day ended to the beat of the drum as several classes joined hands for a round dance in the field. Sitting with a few others, hands deep in a tub of manoomin, it was easy to see that in Ojibwe Country, old ways become new again, and manoominikewin is still very much a family affair. —Dylan Jennings/Paula Maday Miskwaabekong (Red Cliff) Along the recently reclaimed shores of Frog Bay Tribal National Park the fire was crackling, the leaves changing colors, and the smell of fried fish was in the air. The 2nd Annual Manoomin Seeding event hosted by the Red Cliff Environmental Department was underway. For water bodies with plentiful rice, ricers have already helped to reseed beds for the year. However, for waters where the conditions may be right, but no rice is growing, seeding efforts like this occur all over the Great Lakes region. TheOctober1eventopenedwithgoodwordsfrom staff and volunteer rice educators and a warning about not getting sand on any wild rice related equipment! Activities kicked off with a party of jiimaanan (canoes) loaded with event-goers and staff heading out to assess the rice in Frog Creek. After initial assessment, it was time for wild rice processing demonstrations. Red Cliff Chief Warden Mark Duffy provided a hands-on demonstration with modern, small scale processing machines, showcasing techniques to help increase efficiency with these types of machines. Event Freshly harvested manoomin. (P. Maday photo) Above,adaycamperdances, or jigs, parched rice to sep- arate grain from the hull. To the right: Mark Duffy demonstrartes how to use a a mechanical thresher. (OH Maroney photo) Elder Pete McGeshick, Jr. assists Gavin Douyette in winnowing manoomin at the Mole Lake Manoomin Camp on September 16-17. (P. Maday photo) (see Different manoomin processing, page 14) PAGE 13 MAZINA’IGAN