- A plant growing on the margins of lakes and in the backwaters of rivers.
It was one of the chief foods of the indians of the North Central states.
The colonists termed it "wild oats" or "wild wheat," because at that time
the white men of America and Europe were not familiar with rice.
The chief consumers of wild rice were the
Algonquian tribes of the Great lakes region, particularly the Menominee,
whose name came from the Chippewa term meaning "wild rice."
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