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MAZINAIGANSUPPLEMENTPAGE22014MyfamilyandIspendalotoftimeoutside.Weliketodothingslikehuntingwaawaashkeshideerfishingogaawalleyecampingandgatheringmanoo-minwildricetogether.Ireallylikedoingthesethingswithmyfamilybutmyfavoriteactivityisfishing.WhatisyourfavoriteoutdooractivityIamprettyexcitedbecauseitisalmostsummer.ThereisnoschoolandIgettoplayinnibiwaterwithmyfamilyandfriends.TherearesomanylakesriversandstreamswhereIlive.GichigamiLakeSuperiorismyfavorite.Itissobig.MyfavoriteriverisMashkiigong-ziibiitheBadRiver.Itflowsrightbymyhouse.IspendalotoftimebytheBadRiverwithmyfriends.Mydadusuallycomestowatchus.SummerisalsowhenIgettospendtimewithmygrandparents.Theytakecareofmewhenmomanddadareatwork.Ireallylikespendingtimewithmymishomisgrandfatherandnookomisgrandmother.Ilovehearingstoriesaboutwhentheyweremyage.Theyhadtoworkhardandevencarryalltheirwaterfromawellwhentheywereyoung.DoyourgrandparentsorfamilymemberstellyougoodstoriesMyfavoritestoryisonemynookomisgrandmothertoldme.Itisthestoryaboutthejourneyofaraindrop.ThestoryisreallyabouttheimportanceofwatertotheOjibwepeople.IntheOjibweculturewomenareconsideredtobeKeepersoftheWater.Itstheirjobtoprotectthewaterandkeepitclean.Shetellsmethatweneedtorespectourwatershed.DoyouknowwhatawatershedisNookomisshowedmeonamapthatallwaterinthearealeadstomyfavoritelakeGichigamimeaninggreatwaterseefrontcovermap.Shesaidthatourwatershedisshapedlikeagreatbigbowl.Allnibikaan-ingwaterwaysandeverythingtheycarryleadsintoGichigami.Shetoldmethatthequalityofourlivesdependsonthequalityofthewaterswherewelive.Nookomissaidthatweneedtomakesurethateverylittleraindropthatcomesdownfromtheskyandflowsfromthelittlestreamshigh-upinthePenokeeHillsbringscleanwaterasittravelsdownhillandthroughourreservationintoLakeSuperior.Watershesaidisthesourceoflife.Allanimalsplantsandpeoplelikemyfamilyneedcleanwatertosurvive.Itriedtoimaginewhatourreservationwouldbelikewithoutanywater.Icouldntthinkoflifewithoutfishingswimmingorseeingallofthedifferentkindsofanimals.Ibegantounderstandwhycleanwaterissoimportant.In2011WaterwalkerscamecarryingwaterfromfourdirectionsandarrivedontheshoresofLakeSuperior.Waterwalkerscallattentiontotheneedtorespectourwaterandkeepitclean.HelpRainytheraindropfindherwaytothelake.MyfriendJacksoncaughtanicebass.