PAGE 21 MAZINA’IGAN WINTER 2018-2019 • TEK/MIKWENDAAGOZIWAG/TREATY DAY • By Alena Prcela for Mazina’igan Tribal youth program collecting, archiving TEK The Tribal Youth Media program at Bad River is embarking on a project in conjunction with the National Park Service and two other local bands of the Lake Superior Ojibwe. The purpose of the project is to collect Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) from elders and culture keepers about the Apostle Islands and other tribal lands. Tribal Youth Media participants and Bad River tribal members in middle and high school will be collecting much of that knowledge. Since Tribal Youth Media moved to Bad River in 2011, students have cycled through the week-long summer class learning digital music composition, website design and video work. At the end of the week, students have their own personal websites,uniquemusicalcreationsandprofessionalqualityvideofootage.Students have created everything from music videos featuring original sounds to publicly broadcasted news coverage of the 2016 floods in northern Wisconsin. Now, during the summers of 2018 and 2019, students also have the oppor- tunity to shoot oral history video interviews with elders and culture keepers as a part of the National Park Service collaborative research grant. For the first few days of the class, students learn interviewing skills and the aesthetic and technical aspects of shooting quality video from Patty Loew (Bad River member and Northwestern University journalism professor), Fawn YoungBear-Tibbetts(WhiteEarthmemberwithover20yearsofmediaexperience), and Tim Fish (Muscogee Creek member and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student). Afterlearningthebasicsfromlecturesandhands-ontutorials,studentsventure into the field and start shooting. Since the start of the program on July 9, students have interviewed elders and culture keepers at a gathering of Ojibwe rice chiefs, Lake Superior Days, Bad River Elderly Center, and even Madeline Island. From those interviews, not only do students hone their video skills, but they also learn more about Ojibwe TEK. A video with Mic Isham, Lac Courte Oreilles tribal member and GLIFWC executive administrator, in which he discusses his experiences spearfishing stands out as a perfect example of TEK. Isham recounts the time he headed out to spearfish on the first day the lake was 48 degrees, which is said to be the temperature male walleye swim to shallow water to spawn. When Isham grew frustrated that he was not seeing many fish, another tribal member explained that it was because the frogs weren’t chirping yet. It wasn’t until seasons later when Isham was successfully spearing many walleye and heard the frogs chirping that he realized traditional knowledge goes hand and hand with the western scientific knowledge that told him to start spearing when water temperatures reached 48 degrees. Stories like Isham’s and many more, about everything from the deep history of Madeline Island to current fishing and hunting practices, will be available at the culmination of the two-year project on an open-source platform called Mukurtu, created specifically for indigenous communities to share and protect “digital heritage” items in ethical and culturally sensitive ways. While some stories will be used to inform National Park Service manage- ment and shared with visitors to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, others that are deemed culturally sensitive by tribal historic preservation officers will be firewalled for the sole viewing and use of tribal members. More training is scheduled to ensure all participating tribes have the tools to shoot oral history videos and manage their Mukurtu histories in ways they best see fit. While the project is still in its early stages, involved parties are looking forward to the end product—a vast archive of rich Ojibwe history available for hundreds of years to come. —Prcela is a Tribal Youth Media assistant In conjuction with the National Park Service and two other local bands, a Tribal Youth Media program at Bad River Reservation is embarking on a project to collect Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) from elders and culture keepers about the Apostle Islands and other tribal lands. (COR photo) Mikwendaagoziwag GLIFWC Wildlife Section Leader Miles Falk steers the rear end of his canoe on Sandy Lake during the annual Mikwendaagoziwag (they are remembered) event and ceremony. Participants paddle across the lake and then gather for a feast and ceremony. (B. Jennings photo) Laughter heard from the island TreatyDaybroughtAnishinaabegbacktomoningwanakaaningonSeptember 30. This year a wide array of events were enjoyed throughout the island including the anticipated jingle dress dancer, which was unveiled on the island and danced into the circle with other jingle dress dancers from around Ojibwe Country. The youth took to the fields to play multiple games of lacrosse. Ojibwe communities have been working hard at revitalizing the creator’s game and the youth are picking it up with excitement. Winona LaDuke opened up the game with some encouraging words for the young group getting ready to engage in an intense match of strength, agility, and skill. Everyonegatheredinthecentercircleandsharedalittleaboutthemselvesand why they play the creator’s game. The crew then raised the wooden staff-looking sticks to the sky as the ball was tossed up.Apparently, the old-style lacrosse sticks are making a big come back in this region. “The youth here actually prefer to play with the old-style sticks rather than the modern contemporary lacrosse sticks,” said former Bad River Youth Staff Joseph Gokee. —B. Jennings