As a member of the white earth nation I strive for excellence of self when I am harvesting wild rice or most any gift from the earth. I have done this all my life.
Most harvester work in teams. balance and stamina are most usefull.
The object is to harvvest only the ripest of grains with out breaking the stalk. This allows multiple havest of only the most ripe grains of wild rice. It also broadcast some seed into the water for next year. thus we seed and harvest at the same time.