Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12PAGE 7 MAZINA’IGAN R CAMPS • ew life to old traditions e, Bad River and Lac Courte Oreilles Bibooni-gabeshiwin, Bad River One hundred and forty miles away, in Odanah, Wisconsin, children and families were also practicing the ways of their ancestors. Saturday morning started with a pipe ceremony done by Bad River tribal elder Joe Rose. The elder looked to the crowd and said, “We are here to celebrate biboon (winter) and our traditional Anishinaabe wintertime activities. Today many things threaten our very way of life and we will continue to be strong and revitalize these practices.” Groups of youth and families took to the tables and took to the outdoors at Bad River’s Bibooni-gabeshiwin (winter camp). Greg Biskakone Johnson of Lac du Flambeau led the moccasin making workshop and assisted over 40 people during the weekend in making their own pair of split toe moccasins. Across the gym, Bad River Natural Resource Department set up shop with a fur identification station and a hide scraping demonstration. Bad River tribal warden Joseph Cadotte remarked “It was pretty amazing to see both young people and old people all very interested in hides and the many different uses.” Many people contrib- uted a little elbow grease throughout the day to both de-hair and flesh a moose hide and a deer hide. Workshop instructors also talked about the history and traditional uses of the animals. Just through the main doors and out into the 60-degree weather, participants played the traditional hoop and spear game, atlatl throwing, and snow snake game, taught by Wayne Valliere from Lac du Flambeau. GLIFWC Biological Services Director Jon Gilbert and his wife Judy saddled up their sled dogs and demonstrated how to both ride and properly care for a team of sled dogs. Traditional foods and lacrosse were also big parts of the weekend. Over 30 youth and adults took to the fields to play lacrosse, the Creator’s game. Snow didn’t stop any age group from grabbing a lacrosse stick and jumping in the game. Participants played hard and returned to the building for steamy hominy soup, and other traditional foods. GLIFWC wardens Jim Stone and Christina Dzwonkowski took to the forest on Sunday to lead a winter survival and shelter building workshop.After a hearty break- fast in the woods, participants learned about the plants, trees and landscape before constructing their own shelters. Animal habitat was also discussed as Mike Wiggins led a trapping and snaring workshop. Youth helped set snares and also had hands on a few fur bearers. Much like many of the activities, trapping started with gratitude and a handful of asemaa (tobacco) to acknowledge the awesiiyag (animals) that have helped Anishinaabe to survive. Youth camps are on the rise in Anishinaabe country. It was truly beautiful to see the resurgence of the Anishinaabe lifeway and cultural practices at both of these gatherings. It’s a true reminder that the teachings and traditions are all we need to live mino-bimaadiziwin. As part of their endeavor to integrate izhitwaawin (culture) into every lesson, in every classroom, every day, Waadookodaading and the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Schools organized two weeks of traditional Ojibwe winter activities for their students from January 23-February 3. Activities included trapping demonstrations and fur identification with GLIFWC Law Enforcement and the creation of beaded necklaces with Dick Mindykowski, as well as ice fishing, mini snowshoe making, red willow gathering, tobacco teachings, and a pow wow. (PM) Bad River Bibooni-gabeshiwin participants learn about the traditional hoop and spear game. Participants took turns throwing a spear through a moving target, which represents waawaashkeshi. (DJ) Lac du Flambeau elder Jerry LaBarge leads the fish decoy making workshop at Bad River’s winter camp. Participants carved their own decoys from basswood. Waadookodaading, Lac Courte Oreilles Winter camp takes on a different format in Lac Courte Oreilles, where the Waa- dookodaading Ojibwe Immersion School incorporates Ojibwe winter activities right into their curriculum. Fortwoweeks,fromMonday,January23-February3,theschoolheldtheirWinter Camp, bringing in guest presenters and heading out for activities such as ice fishing and trapping. Throughout the first week, classes participated in aagimosewin (snow shoe making) with Zhaanwanikwe Dolores Shawinimash, and Ojibwe Language Table with Migizi Michael Sullivan, PhD. They also had a feast and storytelling night, where 6th and 7th graders shared stories with younger children. The week finished with a pow wow. To kick off the second week, GLIFWC wardens rolled in with chests full of traps, furs, skulls, and scat to teach both Waadookodaading and LCO middle school students about trapping. Rainidawn Kingfisher, 7th grade, assisted GLIFWC wardens Tom Kroeplin and Jordan McKellips by using a wooden stick to demonstrate how traps are set off. Students also learned to identify different furs including bear, wolf, coyote, fox, and raccoon. A favorite amongst the groups was the coyote, whose howl they learned to distinguish from a wolf howl. Waadookodaading Business Manager Mizhakwad Catherine Begay said that trapping and snaring activities provided a lot of excitement during winter camp this year. “That week, we actually had three third grade boys snare snowshoe rabbits! A week later, we had a feast to honor those waaboozoog,” she said. Another exciting activity during the week was watching LCO tribal member Dick Mindykowski field dress a mink that was found by the side of the road. “He explained everything about the process to the kids,” Begay said, “and they loved it!” The impact of integrating izhitwaawin (culture) into the classroom has been tremendous, according to Begay. “It’s good. It’s all very good for our students. Our teachers design their curriculum so that they’re meeting common core standards while they’re out in the woods. It’s challenging, but they’re doing a great job. After fourth grade, our students’ standardized test scores are taking off. It’s a good thing we’re doing.” Waadookodaading Ojibwe Immersion School was founded in the early 2000s by a group of elders, language activists, and community members who shared a concern about the loss of Ojibwemowin at Lac Courte Oreilles. The mission of the school is to create proficient speakers of the Ojibwe language who are grounded in local culture and traditions and who are able to meet the challenges of the rapidly chang- ing world. And the world needs these students, and more like them. Just one month after wintercamp,unusualweatherpatternsarepressingWaadookodaadingandmanyother tribal communities to make plans for sugar bush, a harvesting activity that historically hasn’t taken place until March-April. Positive participation and response to the camps that were held throughout the Ceded Territory this winter give much hope that the Anishinaabe will have future generations that will be grounded in local culture and tradition as they guide us through a rapidly changing world. DJ