Elementary students participated in a fun filled learning experience outdoors last week during Northland’s Indigenous Education wild rice processing camp exhibition. Students were able to try all the processing steps and were even given the chance to try popped wild rice! High school Ojibwe classes observed and assisted elementary students in the processing and also tried the wild rice & venison soup made at the ricing camp!
Manoomin (Ojibwe for wild rice) or "the food that grows on water", is a sacred food. Manoomin has been a part of Ojibwe stories and teachings since the earliest times. When the Anishinaabe found the Manoomin in the lakes and rivers where they now reside, they knew they had reached the place foretold in the prophecies “where the food grows on water”. Manoomin is not only a culturally significant food, but a highly nutritious food. Manoomin contains more than 12 percent protein and has more protein than white rice and most other grains. It's gluten free and low in fat. Wild rice is also a good source of minerals and contains iron, potassium and phosphorus, as well as vitamins like thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.