Doug Sam socializing at the lake
The Mille Lacs Ojibwe Social Oral History Project documented various aspects of the history of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians in Minnesota. Interviews were done by Dr. Anthony Godfrey.
Many years ago, that was the highlight of the year, to go ricing. It's when all the people got together at the lake. They socialized over at the lake. There must have been twenty, maybe more families living at the lake just for that month. It was social event of the season, picking rice.
Doug Sam, Oral History Interviews of the Mille Lacs Social History Project. Minnesota Historical Society, 1992, written transcript 4-5.