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MAZINAIGANPAGE8SPRING2015KIDSPAGEIskigamiziganSugarBushBoozhooHellomyrelativesWinterisalmostoverandspringtimeisthetimeforiskigamizigansugarbushIwanttotellyouhowwedomaplesyrupuphereBeforeanythingisdoneasemaatobaccoisofferedtothemanidoogspiritsandthetrees.Thisistoensureagoodharvestinarespectfulway.Afterthisisdonethesugarbushisscopedoutforthesizablehealthyani-naatigmapletree.DoyouguysknowwhatamapletreelookslikeCheckoutthepicturestotheright.Eachtreeisdrillednottoodeepaswedontwanttohurtthetree.Wethenputatapinthedrillholeandhangaakikpailbucketfromthetap.Thepailwillcollectthewiishkobaaboomaplesap.Somepeopleusecoffeetinssomeusemilkjugsothersusebags.Everyonehastheirownspecialwayofdoingthings.Ourancestorscollectedsapinbirchbarkbaskets.Nextitsallaboutpatience.Mygrandparentsalwaysremindmethatbeingpatientisreallyimportantineverythingwedo.Sometimesthebagswillbefullofsapinacouplehoursothertimesittakeslonger.Everydaywereturntothesugarbushtoemptythepailsofsapintoabiggerbucket.Whenwefillacoupleofthelargercontainersweknowitistimetoboil.Thenextstepistobuildafire.Ourwordforfireisishkode.Ishkodeneedstobehotforthesaptoboildown.Woodisconstantlyaddedtothefireandthesapletsoffalotofsteam.Thereisalotofwaterinsapsoweneedtokeepboilingthewateraway.Eventuallywebegintosmellthesweetscentofwarmsyrup.Mostofthewaterisgoneandwecansmellnaturalsugar.Wecleanoutthemixtureandthenitistimetobottlethesyrup.Wemakeenoughsyrupeveryyearforourfamilyandalsotogiveawayasgiftstocommunitymembersandrelatives.NumbertheeventsinorderCutoutthispatternandtraceontoconstructionpaper.Cutoutthepatternagainthenfoldalongthedottedline.Foldpiecesinwardandtapeontheinside.MakakokeMakeabirchbarkbasketOziiginaanziinzibaakwadaabooTomakemaplesugarBagoneigeTodrillIskigamideBoildownBiindaakoojigeMakeanofferingoftobaccoNaadoobiiGathersapOzhigaaigeTaptreesAkikPail