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Paddle for parching rice

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Wood paddle has a long, oval handle and a rectangular blade section, the edge of which is somewhat splintered. The paddle was part of an exhibit at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum in Onamia, Minn., and may never have been used. Paddles such as this would be used for a variety of food processing tasks, including stirring maple sap as it boils, or wild rice as it parches. Used to stir rice during the parching process.