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MAZINAIGANSUPPLEMENTPAGE82014GichigamiLakeSuperiorSandybeachalongtheshoresofLakeSuperior.NibicrosswordpuzzleACROSS2.Ojibwewordforsh.3.Whatisthefoodthatgrowsonthewater5.WhotoldTommyaboutmercuryandpollutantsinourwaterDOWN1.OjibwewordforLakeSuperior.4.WhotoldTommyabouttheKeepersofthewaterFunfactsaboutGichigami1.Itisthelargestfreshwaterlakeintheworldbysurfacearea.2.ItisthecoldestdeepestandhighestinelevationofanyoftheGreatLakes.3.Weatherandclimateofthesurroundingareasaremoderatedbythelakewinteriswarmerandsummersarecooler.4.Over300streamsandriversemptyintoLakeSuperiorwiththelargestsourcebeingtheNipigonRiverinCanada.5.LakeSuperiorcontains10ofalltheearthsfreshsurfacewaterthatisnotfrozeninaglacieroricecap.6.LakeSuperiorisabout10000yearsold.7.LakeSuperiorcontainsasmuchwaterasalltheotherGreatLakescombinedeventhrowingintwoextraLakeEries.8.TheLakeSuperiorshorelineifstraightenedoutcouldconnectDuluthMinnesotaandtheBahamaIslands.NextmymishomisandIstoppedbyGichigamionthewayhome.Ilovebeingonmyfavoritelake.OurpeoplecallitGichigamiwhichmeansGreatWater.IalwaysliketolookacrossandseeMooningwanekaaningMadelineIsland.MadelineIslandisoneoftheoriginalplacesthattheOjibwepeoplelivedandstillisasacredplacetoday.Theycametherelookingforthefoodthatgrowsonthewaterwhichiswildrice.GrandfatherstatedthatallwaterthatwesawinthewatershedtodayflowsintoGichigami.Weneedtoprotectitandkeepitclean.IrememberoverhearingmyfriendsdadwhoisagreatfishermanonLakeSuperiortalkaboutsomethingcalledmercury.Ihadnoideawhatmercurywasorwhyitwasinthelake.Iaskedmygrandfatherwhatitwas.Hetoldmethatmercuryisoneoftheharmfulmaterialsthatcouldcomefromminingandothersourceslikebigsmokestacks.Mercuryinourwaterscanhurtthefishthatliveinthosewatersandmakethemunsafeforustoeat.Hesaidifpeopleeatfishwithlotsofmercuryinthemtheycangetreallysick.Itisimportantwhenfishingtoreadwarn-ingsignsaboutfishwithmercury.Hewalkedmetoasignandwesawamapshowingtheamountofmercuryinthelakes.Toprotectourselvesweneedtoprotectourwaters.MishomistoldmethatourpeopletheAnishinaabeah-nish-ih-nah-bayneedcleanwatertofishricehuntandgatherfortodayandmanyyearstocome.Heagaintoldmehowimportantitisthateveryraindropispurebecauseitgivesusandeverythingarounduslife.MydaywithmymishomisandnookomiswasreallyfunandIlearnedalotYoushouldalwaystaketheopportunitytospendadaywithyourgrandparentsoranyotherfamilymembers.fforever.2345KayakersenjoyabreakonaLakeSuperiorbeach.1