Warren Prairie Rice Lake ricing
Originally published in 1885.
[Prairie Rice Lake]...being miry-bottomed, and shallow, is almost entirely covered with wild rice, and so think and luxuriant does it grow, that the Indians are often obliged to cut passage ways through it for their bark canoes. From the manner in which they gather the rice, and the quantity which a family generally collects during the harvesting season, this lake along, would supply a body of two thousand Indians.
William Warren, History of the Ojibway People, ed. Theresa Schenck (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2009), 309.