Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12MAZINA’IGAN PAGE 8 SPRING 2017 • KID’S PAGE • Wazhashkwag (muskrats) Onji-Akiing Summer Camp Lake Nesbit Environmental Center Sidnaw, Michigan ï July 17-21, 2017 Onji-Akiing is open to 5th-8th graders • Environmental Sciences (e.g., aquatic ecology, bird life, forestry, terrestrial ecology, wildlife, technology, Career Fair, etc.) • Ropes course/ team building • Birch bark basket making • Service learning • Cultural exploration • Hunting, fishing, archery • Fireside programs • Canoeing/Manoomin safe harvest • Brain tanning • Traditional fish smoking For more information, please contact: Heather Bliss, GLIFWC, LE Outreach Officer 906.458.3778 or The summer editon of Mazin’igan will have additional camp infor- mation and registration form. This information will also be posted on GLIFWC’s website ( and Facebook! Aaniin Giinawaa! (Hello you!) Wazhashk nindizhanakaz. My name is Muskrat! I am a good friend of Anishinaabeg. A long time ago, it was I that helped to rebuild akii (earth). There was a large flood and wenabozho asked a few of us to dive down to pick up some earth. I am a very good swimmer. My feet are webbed and my tail is flat like a paddle which means I can swim fast! I can also hold my breath for up to 12 minutes. Sometimes you’ll see me on shore and sometimes you’ll see me in the water. I am nocturnal, which means I am very active at night and in the early morning. I love to swim to the bottom and eat underwater plants and occasionallyafishortwo.Manypeoplesaythatmypresencemeans that an ecosystem is both safe and healthy. My fur is really nice and soft, and sometimes I let Anishinaabe use it for clothing, or moccasin lining. One of my jobs is to help keep the ecosystem in balance, and to help Anishinaabe in their time of need. I love to be helpful and stand up for all of creation. Next time you see me out and about, stop and put some asemaa (tobacco) out for everything that our plants and animals do for us. —Dylan Jennings Muskrat lodge. Muskrats build dome-shaped lodges from aquat- ic plants, stems, roots, and mud. If you see a mound sticking out of the water in a marshy area, this is probably a muskrat lodge. Larger mounds made with sticks and heavy branches are made by beavers. Muskrat tracks are small, hand like prints, with long, fingerlike toes. Muskrat tracks can be found in mud or sand along the shoreline. Sometimes you can even see the mark of his tail being dragged. Muskrat facts • Aquaticplantsarethemainbuildingmaterialsusedinmuskrat lodges. Muskrats build their homes in the fall. • Roots and vegetation are favorite foods for muskrats. They also eat clams, crayfish and frogs. • Muskrats seem to have newborns all the time! They have two or three litters a year, with five or six kits in each litter. That means females give birth to around 14 little muskrats a year! • Biologists put muskrats in the rodent family.They have four front teeth like their relative amik (beaver). Color wazhashk