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MAZINAIGANPAGE2WINTER2013-2014CulturesciencefuseatLCOSchoolMANOOMINOnthecoverEdWigginsBadRiverricerpolesthroughtheKakagonRiverricebedontheBadRiverreservation.ArtisticeffectsbyWesleyBallinger.PhotobyCharlieOttoRasmussenByCharlieOttoRasmussenStaffWriterSeeleyWis.AlongthePacwawongLakeshorelinethesignsareeverywhere.WispsofsagesmokefilterthroughthealdersOjibwemowinfillsthelatesummerairinasoaringdrumsongoutonthewaterthesoftswishingofcedarknockersagainstmanoominstalksstirsacoveyofred-wingedblackbirds.Ricershavesetupshop.ThisspothasseenalotofcampsoldricecampssaidJimMillerLacCourteOreillesSchoolLCOculturaleducator.Theydstayherefortwoweeksiftheyhadtountilitwasdone.Whilethesoundsandsmellsarethesametheresanelementalchangeherefromold-timemanoomincampswhenahandfulofkidsplayedhookytohelpout.AnentirehighschoolhasemptiedrecreatingPacwawongintoaone-of-a-kindclassroomwherescienceandmathmergewithOjibweculture.WevegotthewholestudentbodyofLacCourteOreillesHighSchooloutheresaidJasonBisonetteLCOeducationspecialist.Thereareallthesetraditionalgiftslikewildricethatwevebeengiven.Werebuildinganacademicfoundationwiththosegifts.ItsanapproachthatinvolvestraditionalOjibweknowledgeandfederallymandatedcur-riculum.Itblendsthetwo.Around50studentsandahalf-dozeninstructorsdividedupbe-tweenthericecampsituatedonablacktoppedparkingareaandafleetofninecanoesprovidedbyGLIFWC.Pairedoffincanoesteenagerstookturnsknockingmanoominwithcedarsticksandpropellingtheirfiberglasscanoeswith10-footpushpoles.GLIFWCOfficerLaurenTuoripatrolledPacwawongalushwideningoftheNamekagonRiverinacanoeofherownrelyingmostlyonaudiocuestoassiststudentsconcealedintheloomingvegetation.CriesforhelpcamefollowingspillsintotheshallowwaterandTuoriworkedwithlife-jacketedstudentstodrainandre-boardcanoes.RobynTrepaniasunexpectedentryintoPacwawongLakedidlittletodampenherenthusiasmfortheschool-dayventure.ImactuallyexperiencingmyculturedoingthethingsthatmypeopledosaidtheLCOsophomore.IdontthinkIwanttogodeerhuntingoranythinglikethatbutthisiscool.Itwasnicetohearthedrumplayingwhilewewereoutthere.Trepaniadriedoffatthericecampwheresomeofherclassmateswerebusypreparingfreshmanoominforanalysis.Thetoasted-nutsmellofheatedmanoominswirledonalightbreezeasLCOteensscorchedtheirharvestinasteeltuboverapropaneflame.Fromthewoodendeckofabeacheddockstudentsandteachersexaminedthepropertiesofgreenversusscorchedwildricerecordingtheweightofeachonananalogscale.UnderstandinghowmanoominoneofthemostsignificantnaturalresourcestoOjibwepeoplereactswhenexposedtocommonpollutantsisacorepartoftheprogramthatrunsthroughouttheschoolyearBisonettesaid.Inlaboratoryconditionswellintroducethingslikemotoroiltoseehowthericereacts.WellberaisingandloweringwaterlevelstootocreatenormalconditionssaidBisonette.BackatLCOK-12Schoolsaroundamonthlaterstudentssangdancedandsocializedattheall-schoolpowwowOjibweculturethrivingaliveandwell.Aquariumshousingmanoominexperimentswaitedbackintheupperclassmensscienceroomplusthesecondandfourthgradeclassrooms.TheresabigdifferencebetweeneducatingOjibwekidsandOjibweeduca-tionBisonettesaid.Wewantthekidstounderstandwhotheyareasapeopleandalltheamazingthingsthatmakethemincrediblyunique.Thetermpacawawongincludingalternatespell-ingsappearsinahandfuloflocationsacrossOjibweCountryandisgenerallytranslatedasbayoftheriverorwheretheriveriswide.LacCourteOreillesstudentsJaimeThayer-VegaandJavierYanezfoundagoodcropofmanoominonPacwawongLakeinearlySeptember.PhotobyCharlieOttoRasmussenStandingupinacanoepoweringapushpolethroughamanoominmarshistrickybusiness.WhenitsyourrsttimedoingitwatchoutGLIFWCOfcerLaurenTuoriassistedseveralpairsofLacCourteOreillesstudentricersthatippedintothedrink.PicturedTuoriguidesRobynTrepaniathroughtheprocessofdrainingherswampedcanoe.OnceemptiedofwaterTuoristeadiedthecanoeforTrepaniaandherpartnertoclimbinandcontinueharvestingricemanoominike.PhotobyCORLeRoyMustacheastudentfromtheLacCourteOreillesOjibweHighSchoolcheckstheweightofacupofscorchedmanoomin.CORAttentiontribalricersGLIFWCisintheprocessofgatheringinformationaboutthe2013ricingseasonthroughtelephonesurveys.Wemuchappreciateyourcooperation.Yourinformationhelpsusbetterunderstandandmanagemanoomininthecededterritories.Miigwech