Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24• ENFORCEMENT • ‘Changing Leaves,’ changing youth GLIFWC fall camp brings traditional leadership activities to new season By Paula Maday, Staff Writer Lac du Flambeau, Wis.—Sixty-four youth from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan gathered under the yellow canopy of dagwaagin for the first Waatebagaa (Changing Leaves) Cultural Fall CamponOctober15-16.Waatebagaaisthethirdinasuiteofseasonal youth camps offered by GLIFWC, joining Camp Onji-Akiing—held for one week each summer near Sidnaw, Michigan, and Ishpaagooni- kaa—held over a winter weekend at rotating tribal locations. The fall camp builds on the successful format of these two established camps, connecting tribal youth with traditional Ojibwe activities; with elders, cultural advisors, and mentors; and with each other, to grow youth leadership and cultural knowledge. Upon arrival, youth set up camp literally, pitching their tents and unrolling their sleeping bags inside the Lac du Flambeau school gym. Afterward, they split into three clans—Hunters, Fishers, and Gatherers—andtraveledtoWaswagoningVillage—arecreatedOjibwe Indian village in Lac du Flambeau. There, the clans rotated through a variety of traditional and outdoor activities, including: fleshing and brain tanning, gillnet making, fish cleaning and smoking, waterfowl cleaning, trapping and beaver skinning, deer cleaning, air rifle use, archery/crossbowuse,andtreesheltermaking/outdoorsurvivalskills. Kiins Stark, 11, said he came to camp “to learn about the ways and about my culture. My favorite part about this camp was mak- ing new friends.” Aysia Klingman, from Lac Vieux Desert, said her favorite part of camp was “learning about wild geese and getting to eat new things like dried venison. I thought that was pretty good!” she said. Joslyn Beaulieu, 16, from Red Cliff, served as a junior counselor for Waate- bagaa. She says she’s been attending GLIFWC camps since she was eight or nine years old. “It helps kids grow up. It teaches them leadership and skills that they need every day in life. I think it’s really important and I’m really glad I’ve gone. It’s helped me develop so much as a person.” Kolton Houlton, 20, from Marquette, echoed Beaulieu’s feelings. “This camp has made me who I am today in terms of respect level and the knowledge that I have gained. I learn new things every year. I’m still learning as a junior counselor.” Junior counselors are older youth who have had experience at previous GLIFWC camps and can guide their clans in behavior and serve as mentors. “What I like to do here for the campers is to spread respect, not only to their elders, or to their peers, but to the land that they’re here on. Nature itself. That’s the big thing for me,” Houlton said. “What I like to spread to all the kids is the amount of respect that they need and that they can obtain through this camp and camps affiliated with GLIFWC.” In addition to guidance from junior counselors, campers receive guidance in specific activities from elders, community members, and GLIFWC conservation wardens. Bob Williams from Lac du Flambeau says he came to fall camp to help the kids understand how to hunt and to skin a deer: “What we’re teaching out here, you can’t get this in a classroom. This is their classroom out here, amongst the spirits here, the ones that are standing around us here.And I thank the Creator and the ones that are helping them along. The kids enjoyed coming here and learning how we used to live.” Mike Wiggins, Jr., Bad River, also helped with the deer processing session. “Deer teach us and remind us to be gentle. The lesson that comes with waawaash- keski is usually centered in sharing. If you turn into hunters and fishermen, one of the beautiful things you will be able to do is share food with your community,” he told campers. Sharing food and sharing knowledge, the youth who attended Waatebagaa learned many things that will help them develop into leaders including respect, friendship, and certainty in their identity. As they rolled up their sleeping bags and took down their tents, they exchanged smiles and prodded one another with traditional native humor. They each take with them the memories of a beautiful weekend spent under the changing leaves of the fall season and the lifelong, soul wisdom of knowing what it means to be Ojibwe in daagwaagin. Ishpaagoonikaa (Deep snow camp) February 17-19, 2016 Sokaogon Mole Lake Reservation Contact Heather Naigus Bliss @ 906-458-3778 or email hnaigus@glifwc.org. Look for more details online at www.glifwc.org or on Facebook: GLIFWC or Full Circle Project pages. Waatebagaa campers don blaze orange for a group photo amidst the beautiful birch in Waswagoning Village. (Paula Maday photo) GLIFWC Warden Mike Soulier oversees standing air rifle technique while Chris McGeshick, Sokaogon tribal chairman, assists a camper with shooting from the ground. (Paula Maday photo) LCO tribal youth Melvin (Cody) White and Andre’anna Acosta learn how to properly clean fish from Lyle Chapman. (Paula Maday photo) MAZINA’IGAN PAGE 14 WINTER 2016-17