MARQUETTE, Mich.—A wild ricing stick workshop will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 12, as part of the Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival. It is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northern Michigan University’s Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center in 105 Cohodas Hall. Roger Labine, a member of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, will be the presenter. He has been involved in harvesting “manoomin,” or wild rice, his entire life. Growing up near Watersmeet, Labine learned the techniques from his elders and now conducts workshops to pass on skills to another generation. He will teach participants how to make ricing sticks, which are used to remove the actual grain from the wild rice stalk. He will also discuss techniques for ricing and the importance of wild rice to Anishinaabe culture. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students. This workshop is limited to 25 participants. To register or for more information, call 227-3212 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 31, 2011