People of the Waters - Fur Trade
OPM #:
1998.22.37
Object Name:
Tray, Winnowing
Description:
Large birch-bark winnowing tray used to clean the chaff from the wild rice, also used for a storage vessel. Arthur P. Kannenberg acquired this tray from Reginald Oshkosh.
Comments:
The piles of wild rice had been parched and the hulls loosened from the rice. Everything was ready for winnowing, and the woman thought it was a perfect day. It was sunny and cool with a light breeze. She put the first batch into the birchbark tray and gently tossed it up. The breeze blew the light chaff away. She continued to toss and shake the tray until it only contained rice kernels.

Birchbark was used for many things. It is supple in hot water and strong when dried. Birch trees grew in abundance in a cool, wet environment.

Wild rice grew abundantly throughout the Winnebago region. A nutritious food source, rice also could be stored for long periods.
Collector:
Kannenberg, Arthur P.
Material:
Bark
Culture/Period:
Menominee
Dimensions:
H-13 W-44 L-59 cm
People:
Oshkosh, Reginald
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