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PAGE5MAZINAIGANSPRINGSUMMER2013SPEARFISHINGNETTINGYoungOjibwewomenparticipateinspearandreleaseatLCOBySueEricksonStaffWriterLacCourteOreillesReservationWis.SpearandreleasedoesntseemtojivebutthatswhatsomeLacCourteOreilllesLCOOjibweSchoolstudentsareuptoundertheguidanceofJasonBisonetteoutdoorskillsteacherandWendyTorstensonscienceteacher.OntheeveningofMay15threeyoungwomenallstudentsfromtheLCOOjibweSchoolboardedBisonettesspearfishingrigandslippedontothestillwatersofLCOLakeinordertolearnsomethingofthistraditionalOjibwepractice.Howeverthisnighttheirmissionhadseveralgoalstolearntraditionalskillandvaluestobringhomesomefishtosharewiththeclassandtocollecteggsandmiltforrearingwalleyeforeventualrelease.Hereinliesthespearandreleaseaspectoftheprogram.BisonetteisintegratingatraditionalOjibwepracticewithhands-onappli-cationoftextbookscienceandmathgivingthestudentsalearningexperienceinboth.TheresacleardifferencebetweeneducatingOjibwekidsandOjibweeducationsaysBisonettewhoisdedicatedtoincorporatingOjibweperspec-tivesvaluesandcustomsintotheeducationofOjibweyouth.OjibweEduca-tionconsistsofthoselessonsthathaveallowedourpeopletothrivesinceourcreationandwhatwearedoingisblendingthattraditionalOjibweeducationwithafederallymandatedmainstreamcurriculumheexplainsconsciousthatyouthmustmeetacademicstandards.Notsurprisedthatthreeyoungwomenoptedtoparticipateinthisnight-timeventureBisonettecommentedonthestrongroleOjibwewomenhavealwaysplayedinthecommunitiesasthebackboneoftheOjibwe.ForstudentJolynnDiamondthiseveningwasanopportunitytolearnhowtospearforreal.Iactuallywanttolearnhowtospearshecommented.Iwanttolearnmoreaboutmyculture.ForsistersCateraandClariceRobertsitwasanopportunitytoseewhatspearfishingisallabout.Jolynngotherhands-onopportunitytospearthatnightbutalsolearnedaboutacknowledgingthefishwithasemaapriortoharvestlearnedaboutthespawninghabitsoffishlearnedaboutconservationprinciplesbytakingeggsandmiltforrearinglearnedaboutsharingharvestwithotherslearnedaboutenforcementofcodesgoverningspearinglearnedaboutmanagementpracticessuchasthecreel-ingofthefishlearnedaboutcamaraderieandhelpingeachotheratthelandings.AlsoshelearnedspearingafishatnightisntaseasyasitlooksOncethecrewharvestedtheirfishtheywerebroughtashoreforcreeling.Fisharemeasuredsexedandcountedateveryopenspearfishinglanding.Lack-ingfemalewalleyesneededforeggsfellowLCOspearersonthelakethatnightdonatedafewfemalesforthatpurpose.Torstensonmilkedtheeggsandtookmiltfrommalewalleyemixedthemforfertilizationandafterawaitcoveredthemwithclay.Theeggsweretransferredtoanincubatorinherclassroomandwillbetendeduntiltheyhatch.AtthatpointthefrywillbetakentotheLCOtribalhatcherytoberearedtofingerlingsizeandeventuallyreleased.Thegirlsalsoparticipatedinthecleaningandpreparationofthespearedfishinschoolthenextday.Theygavealloftheirfishawaytoeldersandpeopleworkingintheschool.WevebeenspearingfishforgenerationsBisonettesayscommentingthatOjibwepeoplehavesurvivedmanyhardtimesandthatitisimportanttosharenotonlysurvivalskillswiththeyouthbutalsotopassonthoseOjibwevaluesthatshapeourcharacterandhelpdefineusasapeople.FirsttimeoutspearingstudentJolynnDiamondleftlearnstechniqueandvaluesfromJasonBisonetteLCOOjibweSchooloutdoorskillsteacherandexperiencedspearshman.PhotobyCraigEuneauCreelingthecatchfortheeveningatLacCourteOreillesLakelandingLucieAndersonrecordsnumberswhileCharlieBraegerandTonyPricemeasurethecatchbroughtinbytheLCOSchoolcrewaswellasotherLCOshermen.SETakingeggsfromafemalewalleyeWendyTorstensonLCOSchoolscienceteacherwilladdmilttotheeggsandeventuallyhatchtheminanincubatorinherclassroom.ThewalleyefrywillbetakentotheLCOhatcheryforrearingtongerlingsizebeforerelease.SEAtMilleLacsSouthGarrisonlandingGLIFWCstaffcollectdatafromwalleyespearedintheearlyhoursofMay15.FromleftJeremyOzhwaanaquadMcClainCurtGreeneRobinArunagiriandJoeSpottedEagleWade.Accordingtopreliminaryharvestguresspearedwalleyeaveraged19.2inches.CORCreelworkatMilleLacsreducedtheirdeclaredharvestamountto71250poundsandatpresstimeonly14182poundsofthisamounthadbeentakenbytreatyfishermen.OnthelastdayoftreatywalleyefishingforWisconsinbandstheearlyhoursofMay15spearersbattledgustingwindsfromvirtuallyeverydirectionandthecreelcounttrickledtoafewdozenogaawalleye.NettersfromMilleLacsareexpectedtonudgeharvestnumbersupslightlybutfarbelowthequotalimit.SueEricksoncontributedtothisreportWeatherlimitsMilleLacsharvestSpearersfromBadRivershthewesternshoreofMilleLacs.CORContinuedfrompage1