Reggie Cadotte: Making ricing sticks from Treaty resources

by Nick Vander Puy
Reserve, Wisconsin (IndianCountryTV)

At the  the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) twenty fifth anniversary at Bayfield in early July, Reggie Cadotte was carving ricing sticks. He's been teaching this skill to the youth and also cataloging the wild rice beds in northern Wisconsin.

Following the advice of Lac du Flambeau elder Joe Chosa Cadotte went out in the woods to harvest some cedar to make ricing sticks.

Every year fewer and fewer young people are hunting, fishing, and gathering. There are more and more distractions like video games inside the house drawing young people away from subsistence. 

Cadotte wants to help reverse this trend.

"When I was younger I was told to go outside and do something."

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