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Property Name Rice Bay
Reference Number 15000353
State Michigan
County Gogebic
Town Watersmeet
Street Address Indian Village Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/2/2015
Areas of Significance Agriculture, Conservation, Ethnic Heritage: Native American
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The annual rice harvest played a central role in Ojibwe migration to the area and led to the establishment of a seasonal, and later permanent, settlement at Lac Vieux Desert. The event facilitated an yearly gathering of Ojibwe people from the surrounding region, many of whom maintained a semi-nomadic way of life well into the 1880s, and was central to ongoing resistance to non-Ojibwe acculturation efforts and federal assimilation and allotment policy from the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries . Centered around the gathering of wild rice, the village founded at Ketegitigaaning provides an uncommon example in the region of both a traditional, off-reservation community, as well as an area of lakeshore that has been Ojibwe-owned for generations. The establishment of an economy based on wild rice contributed to a distinct cultural identity which differentiated the Ketegitigaaning community from the Lake Superior Ojibwe and non-Ojibwe cultures of the surrounding region. The harvest continues to prompt an annual gathering of band members, as well as guests from other bands, to partake in an act which remains to this day a critical component of Ojibwe culture and identity.

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