Duane Poupart: Scouting wild rice lakes in northern Wisconsin

By Nick Vander Puy
Reserve, Wisconsin (IndianCountryTV) 

During the third week in August, a rice chief from Lac du Flambeau, Duane Poupart was checking the rice on a lake in Vilas County with his wife Faye and granddaughters Kiona and Kaylee. They'd just come down from the Bad River manoomin (wild rice) pow wow.

Wild rice lakes in the ceded territory in northern Wisconsin ripen at different times.  Some lakes are regulated to open by the State and Tribes, other lakes are non-regulated and open to harvest when the rice is ripe.

But some people push the season before the rice is ripe on non-regulated lakes. To care for the rice it's best not to knock it until it's ripe.

"Maybe my granddaughters will one day become my ricing partners."

 

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