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WAAWAASHKESHIEABLastyearthearrivaloftheemeraldashborerEABinWisconsinsDouglasCountywasthenews.Thisyearthevoraciousash-destroyingpestarrivedinOneidaCounty.FoundonpublicpropertyinRhinelanderthisfallthecritterwasdetectedononeofthepurpletrapsdesignedtonabEAB.InresponsetothendingOneidaCountyhasbeenplacedunderquarantine.ThequarantinemakesitillegaltomoveashashmaterialandhardwoodrewoodoutofthequarantinedareawithoutacomplianceagreementissuedbyWisconsinDepartmentofAgricultureTradeandConsumerProtection.WhilemovementofashashmaterialsandhardwoodrewoodintoorwithinthequarantinedareaisallowedtheWDNRbelievesthatoverallrewoodmovementisabadideabecauserewoodinadvertentlycarriesnumerousforestpeststhatmayinfecttreesatthedestinationpoint.COREABarrivesinOneidaCountyFirewoodisoftentheculpritRedCliffReservationWis.Itsacrispautumnday.Leavesswirlaroundthetreesasiftheyaredancingtoagoodpowwowsong.FalltimenetsarebeingsetinsomelakesandthehuntersbegintopreparejustasNimamaAkiMotherEarthandallofcreationprepareforthewarmblanketsofsnowtocome.OnOctober20th2014tribalmembersandeldersfrommanyOjibwebandsgatheredatMiskwaabikaangRedCliffandsharedadayoflaughterwisdomandmemories.RedClifftribalmembersMarvinDefoeandBrianBainbridgeweretwoleaderswhoresolutelymovedtheeventfromanideatotherealdeal.Afewmonthsearlierinahuntingregulationmeet-ingwithGLIFWCWildlifeSectionLeaderJonGilbertthegroupbegantoveerintooldtimestoriesofhuntingandthejoythatcamewithtellingthesestories.MarvinDefoesuggestedthatitwouldbeagoodideatogetagroupofeldersfromallthebandsofOjibweandhavethemsitinarelaxedenvironmentandtelloldtimestories.JonGilbertproceededtoorganizeandsetuptheeventinagoodwaywithasemaabeingbroughttoeldersandcommunitymembers.Over40peoplewereinattendancerepresentingseventribes.Eldersandcommunitymemberssharedfirsthuntstorieswithrelativesmanytimeswithhumor.BadRiverelderJoeRoserecalledhisfirsttimehuntingwithhisgrandfather.Igrewupinatimeofkerosenelampsandwoodheat.Whenwegotourdeerorbearweskinnedthemoutandthenwehungthemintheshed.Wedidnthaverefrigeratorsorelec-tricity.Lifewithoutelectricitywouldbesubstantiallydifficultformanypeoplenowadays.ThecommoditiesandluxuriesthatelectricityprovidesareoftentakenSt.CroixelderCarmenButlershareshisstoryatGiiwoseDibaajimowinan.photobyDylanJenningsGaryKemoKmieciktellsafunnyhuntingstorylightinguptheroomwithlaughter.photobyDylanJenningsforgranted.Manyoftheeldershavelivedtoseethevastchangesinsocietyjustoveraspanof70years.Othersreminiscedontheimportanceofsubsistenceandtakingcareoftheresources.St.CroixtribalelderCarmenButlerrecalledsomeofthethingshisteacherstaughthim.Wetakewhatweneedandweusewhatweneed.Wedontwastethingsweuseeverything.JustliketheCreatorhegivesuswhatweneedandsometimesnotwhatwewant.WeareAnishinaabeandtheCreatorgaveushuntingfishingandallthosethingsweweresupposedtodo.ForsometheeventwasatimetotalkaboutthethingsthatcanbedonetopreserveAnishinaabewaysoflife.ForExampleBayMillselderBuckoTeeporememberedThatswherethosedeerwillbejustafterdarkinthosemushroompatches.ItakeituponmyselfwhenayoungguywantstoknowItakethemthroughthatwholeprocessyouhonorthatdeerwithtobaccobeforeyouleaveandwhenyoutakehim.Itrytoteachyoungpeopleaboutthemoldstylewaysofsharing.Sharingseemedtobeastrongmotifforgiiwosedibaajimowinan.Thesharingofstoriesthesharingoflaughterandthesharingofwawaashkeshiideerwasgoodmedicine.Thestoriesrecollectedbytheeldersarefarandfewnowadays.Abigchimiigwechtotheonesthatmadetheeventpossibleandtotheeldersandcommunitymembersthatcameandsharedalittlebitofwisdomwitheverystory.Takingpartinthe2014off-reservationdeerhuntisKyleOjaBadRiverwhowasabletobringhomesomemeatforthedinnertable.AsofNovember42014tribeshaveharvested425deerintheWisconsinMichiganandMinnesota1837and1842cededterritories.Theoff-reservationtreatybearharvestasofNovember42014totals39.photobyDylanJenningsMAZINAIGANPAGE2WINTER2014-2015GiiwosedibaajimowinanHunterstoriesByDylanJenningsGLIFWCPIOLTE