When the leaves turn red and orange, the original people of the Great Lakes region moved their camp to gather the wild rice from the lakes and rivers. They had to dry, roast, and winnow the rice as their staple food for throughout the year. It was also the time to dry deer meat and fish to store for the long winter months ahead. The children helped with these activities and also gathered firewood to stay warm. They still had time to play games like LaCrosse. Today, Ojibwe families still participate in the wild rice harvest and go deer hunting together. In this program, students learn that the traditional harvest by the Ojibwe continues in the fall even though times have changed and modern tools are used.
Notice: This media content was retired on June 15th, 2019. Therefore it is no longer available. Please subscribe to the WPT Education newsletter for updates on our media collections.