History of Lumbering
Author lived 1820-1908.
On the shores of the Rice Lakes, which we had passed, many Indians were encamped. In the lakes, for more than six miles, they were gathering the wild rice...When the rice is ready for gathering, it is made into bundles by drawing two or three straws around a bunch and tying them. They make lines or rows of these bunches across the lake; and each family has from two to five rows.
Daniel Stanchfield, History of Lumbering in Minnesota (Volume 9 of Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, 1900), 331-332.