Stories and Photos By Nick Vander Puy
Reserve, Wisconsin (NFIC)

Terry Larson holds wild rice several years ago in Spring Lake Minnesota. For hundreds of years wild rice was the staff of life for American Indians in the region. A heavy harvest meant a year of plenty."It would mean literally life or death,"Larson said. AP/The Pioneer of Bemidji Photo by Molly Miron

A long, long time ago on the northeastern shore of Turtle Island, before the light skinned race appeared, a prophet told the Anishinaabe, “If you do not move you will be destroyed. You will know that the chosen ground has been reached when you come to a land where food grows on water.”