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KIDS PAGE Waaswewin Spearing fish by torchlight Boozhoo gakina awiiya hello everyone It is ziigwan springwhichmeansitisagoodtimeforustoharvestgiigoonyag fish There are a couple ways that we can harvest giigoonyag. My favorite way to harvest fish is by spearfishing. Before anything is done we get together and have a feast for the gigoonyag. This is our way to give thanks to the giigoonyag that we will harvest. We make a little dish and an elder prays for the food in our Anishinaabe language. Wisiinidaa Lets eat the old man says. We scarf down a wonderful feast and eat the last of our ogaawag walleye from last season. We also prepare our jiimaan boat and make sure every piece of our equipment is up to regulation. A long time ago our ancestors speared by waaswaagan torchlight but today we use head lanterns. The wardens usually check our equipment and boat registration to make sure everything is up to date and that we are obeying the rules. They want to make sure that we are safe when we are harvesting. Once a lake warms up and is free from ice it is time to spear. We make our way down to the lake and meet with a creel team. They will wait for us to finish spearing and then count and mea- sure every fish we take and say whether it is male or female. We say a prayer and offer our asemaa tobacco to the water and the giigoonyag. OnceonthelakeIlookupandthestarsaresobrighttheylight up the clear lake. I shine my headlamp into the water and begin to Draw a line to each of the matching Ojibwe words Unscramble the Ojibwe or English words for each giigoonyag Muskellunge Namebin Sucker Anit Tobacco Waaswaagan Boat Maashkinoozhe Torch Asemaa Fish Spear Jiimaan beshaa ashigan ag g e r a l o u m t h s a b s perch w a a a s e ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ walleye a g o a ___ ___ ___ ___ ginoozhe h e n r o t n r k i p e ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ name g n u o e s r t ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ By Dylan Jennings Staff Writer search the rocky bottom for eyes. We can tell the ogaawag apart from other fish because their eyes glow when the light shines on them. Sometimes we see ginoozhe northern pike namebin sucker asaawe perch or name sturgeon. Other times we may seebeshaa ashigan largemouth bass or mashkinoozhe muskellunge. I see a pair of ogaa walleye eyes coming my way and I lunge the anit spear at them. I miss.The water creates refractionwhichmeanseverythingisalittleoffset.Iadjustmy spearhead in the water and try again. This time I am successful and pull a beautiful ogaa into the boat. Its a really good feel- ing to know that I am providing for my family and community. We give a lot of our fish to our elders and some of the disabled members of the community. photos by GLIFWC staff and University of Wisconsin Sea Grant ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ Spearing fish by torchlight. photo by Charlie Otto Rasmussen MAZINAIGAN PAGE 20 SUMMER 2015