Winnowing Wheat


Winnowing Wheat

Here we present an historic image of a Papago Woman Winnowing Wheat. It was taken in 1907 by Edward S. Curtis.

The image shows a woman with an Indian Basket over her head, pouring out wheat onto a mat. This was the technique used by the indians to separate the wheat from the chaf. As the wheat fell, it was heavier, and would fall directly down onto the mat. The chaf was lighter and would be carried away by a breeze. Hence, the resourceful woman would be left with only the wheat on her mat.

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