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MAZINAIGANPAGE14SPRINGSUMMER2014YOUTHOUTREACHIshpaagoonikaaDeepSnowCampteacheswintersurvivalByJordanMcKellipsGLIFWCWardenLacduFlambeauWis.Imaginesnowshoeingintheglisteningnorthwoodsenjoyingtheawesomesurroundingswhenyourealizethatyouarelostdeepinthesnow-coveredforest.WouldyoubeabletosurviveForhowlongYouthfromsixdifferenttribesacrossWisconsinandMichigannowhaveabetterunderstandingofhowtheywouldsurviveinaharshwinterenvironmentifcircumstancesrequiredit.TheyspentaweekendontheLacduFlambeauLdFreservationinearlyFebruaryexperiencingoutdoorwintersurvivalandtraditionalecologicalknowledgeduringGLIFWCsthirdannualwinterculturalcampIshpaagoonikaaDeepSnowCamp.Thecampsgoalistogetyouthunpluggedfrommoderntechnologythatcanfailandgetthempluggedintotheoutdoorsandtheirgrandfathersandgrandmotherswaysoflivingwiththelandtosurviveharshnorthernwinters.Youthengageintreatyharvestsandtraditionalskillsthatwillpromotetheirrelation-shipwiththeEarthandallitsrelativesandalsowiththemselvessaidGLIFWCOutreachOfficerandCampDirectorHeatherNaigus.Youthwhoweresplitintothreegroupshuntersfishersandgathererslearnedhowtosurvivetheele-mentsofharshwintersbyfindingfoodmakingheatandcreatingshelter.Thecampencourageshealthyeatingsocampersalsolearnedhowtopreparetraditionallyharvestedfoods.LdFTribalChairmanTomMaulsonwelcomedthestudentstothereservationwithanopeningceremonyonSaturday.BobShimekoftheWhiteEarthreservationinMinnesotaalsosharedastoryonhowthesnowsnakegamewasstartedanditsculturalimportancetotribalpeoples.Shimekhasbeenteachingthetraditionalwayofthesnowsnakesince1992.OutsideintheelementsGLIFWCofficersguidedyouthintraditionalspearingthroughtheice.Theyalsolearnedabouttrap-pingandfurswiththeassistanceofretiredDNROfficerMikeMack-enzie.LacVieuxDesertmemberandwisdomsharerRogerLaBineengagedstudentsinfishingusingtraditionaltip-upsmadefromacedardecoy.Theeveningwasfilledwithpre-colonialcookingfromtheGLIFWCTraditionalFoodsPro-gramandEthnicTheater.ShimekandFondduLacmemberNikkiCroweassistedthestudentsincreatingtheirownsnowsnakesmadefromredmaple.OnSundayimmersedinthecrispfrigidaircamp-erscreatedwintersheltersbuiltfiresandparticipatedinanexcitinggameofsnowsnakewheretheirnewlycreatedsnakeswereputtothetest.NextyearGLIFWCsIshpaagoonikaaCampwilltraveltoanewreservationasitwillrotatebetweenGLIFWCtribalcommunitieseveryyear.DontforgetaboutsummercampOnji-AkiingSummerCulturalCampiscomingupJuly21-252014seepage15.GLIFWCEnforcementChiefFredMaulsondemonstratesre-startingaspartofthelessonsinsurvivalduringtheIshpaagoonikaaDeepSnowCamplastwinter.PhotobyJordanMcKellipsWintergamesreturntoLdFLacduFlambeauWis.WhiletheWinterOlympicsproducedplentyofdramaandexcitementinRussiaawholelotofkidswilltellyoutherealactionwasinnorthernWisconsinatthethirdBibooni-Ataadiiwin.Wehaveagreattime.Itsalwaysfuntodothesekindofculturalactivi-tiessaidNicoleStaley-WaymanLacduFlambeauPublicSchool7thgrader.Ienjoycomingbackhereeveryyear.Staley-Waymanplusnearly400localstudentsparticipatedinthisyearsOjibweWinterGamesBibooni-Ataadi-iwinatYMCACampNawakwaonBigCrookedLake.Theold-schooloutdoorcompetitionincludingthesnowsnakegameatlatlspear-and-hooparcheryandsnowshoeraceswelcomedfifth-eighthgraders.Buttoneddowninfullwinter-wearstudentsfromtheLacduFlambeauLdFSchoolviedfortrophiesawardedtothetopthreeboysandgirlsineachevent.ThekidsarelearningourhistoryourlanguagegettingexerciseandatlunchhavingahealthytraditionalmealsaidLdFsWayneValliereaprogramcoordinator.OnFebruary19LdFseventhgradersworkedupheartyappetitesforalunchthatincludedveni-sonwildriceandpotatoesindigenousfoodshomemadebyPattiandAmberMitchell.Programcoordinatorsoutfittedcontestantswithstunninghardwoodgeargatheredfromnearbycededterritoryforests.LacduFlambeausoakridgesyieldedrawmaterialforatlatllaunchersandarrowssnowsnakeswerebornfromChequamegon-NicolethardmapleandreservationwoodlandsprovidedblackashforlacrossestickswhichfeaturedwovenleathernettingAneweventtoBibooni-Ataadi-iwinlacrossemadeitsfirstappearanceonthereservationincentury.Vallieresaidthelastorganizedlacrossematchoccurredin1910whenLacduFlambeauhostedBadRiver.Itdidnttakelongforthepresentgenerationtopickupthegamesfundamentalstocatchcarrypassandultimatelyshootaballintotheopponentsgoal.TheytooktoitlikeaducktakestowaterVallieresaid.Theyhadablast.Duringawinterthatlaunchedpolarvortexintotheregionallexiconthe2014gameswereespeciallywelltimedastemperaturesmadearareclimbintotheteensduringmuchofcamp-week.Kidshavebeenstuckindoorsalotthiswinter.Thisissomethingtheyreallyneededhesaid.OndayfivehoweverOldGaa-biboonikedtheonewhomakeswinterstagedacomebackclosingareaschoolsandpreventingstudentsfromnearbyLakelandSchoolDistrictfromjoiningthegames.TrappingItsnogameAtonestopontheround-robinstyleBibooni-Ataadiiwincompetitivespiritswereputasideasstudentstookinafurtrappingdemonstration.Thehow-totalkcoveredequipmentandcommontrap-pingscenariosonnorthwoodstraplines.InstructorsRileyBrooksfromGLIFWCandDepartmentofNaturalResourcesJulieBrooksbothconser-vationofficersstressedtheimportanceofavoidingnon-targetanimals.Aleg-holdtrapsetinashallowdirtholeforexampleisoneofthemostcommonmethodsforcatchingcarnivores.Thewardenssaidthatbaitusedtolurefoxandcoyotesmustbeconcealed.YoucanthaveexposedbaitlikevenisonmeatscrapssaidRileyBrooksashecoveredthecircularimpressionofatrapsetinthegroundwithanever-greenbranch.Abalsambranchdoesanicejobcoveringitup.Wedothistoprotectbirdsofpreyhawkseaglesowlsthatcouldspotitfromtheair.Througheducationandcloselyfol-lowingregulationsyoungpeoplecansuccessfullypursuealifetimeoftrappingandenjoyagreatwinteractivityintheoutdoors.Trapsmustbecheckedatleastevery24hourstopreventunduesufferingfortheanimal.Ifanon-targetanimallikeadoggetscaughtinaleg-holdtrapyoullbeabletoreleaseitingoodshapeBrookssaid.ByCharlieOttoRasmussenStaffWriterLaunchingasnowsnake.CORGLIFWCOfcerRileyBrookscenterexplainshowbirds-of-preyusetheirexcellenteyesighttolocatefood.Rileytoldtheseventh-graderstocoverbaitedtrapswithanevergreenboughtoavoidunintentionallycatchingbirdslikehawks.JulieBrooksWisconsinDNRofcerleftjoinedBrooksatthetrappinginstructionstation.PhotobyCharlieOttoRasmussen