MAZINA’IGAN PAGE 22 WINTER 2018-2019 Please keep an eye out for community roundtable discussions on the model food code and opportunities to participate in food safety trainings in the months ahead. If you have questions about this project, please feel free to contact me at ext. 2016 or, or Owen Maroney at ext. 2147 or Food policy options • BOOK REVIEWS • Winter is a time for storytelling, dreaming, and quiet reflection. It is a time to share oral traditions and to let our imaginations savor the intricacies of the written word. As you prepare to hunker down from the cold this biboon, look for these books at your local tribal, public, or school library. They are heartwarming stories to share with children to honor this special season. Thanks to the Animals By Allen Sockabasin, Passamaquoddy Storyteller Illustrated by Rebekah Raye Thanks to the Animals follows the journey of a Pas- samaquoddy family as they move from their summer home on the coast of Maine to the deep woods for the winter of 1900. Traveling by bobsled pulled by horses, the littlest member of the fam- ily—Little Zoo Sap—falls off the sled unnoticed and gets left behind. When the forest animals hear his cries, they gather together, each finding a place to curl around the baby, keeping him safe, warm, and protected until his father returns. Though a Passama- quoddy story, this book characterizes the close rela- tionship that manyAmerican Indian people—including the Ojibwe—share with the natural world. It is a beautiful depiction of the way in which animals take care of us, and the way in which we thank them. From the big bushy beavers that wrap their tails around the little boy to cradle him, to the tiny little muskrats that fill in the small crevices between the larger animals, every animal has a purpose and gift that it offers to us, both in the story and in the world. I loved this book. Named one of the Top 10 Native American Books for ElementarySchoolsbyAmericanIndiansinChildren’sLiterature,thisbookshould have a permanent place in your library. It is a timeless tale of love, interconnected- ness, and appreciation. Winter Stories for Children By Paula Maday, Staff Writer SkySisters By Jan Bourdeau Waboose Illustrated by Brian Deines SkySisters follows Ojibwe sistersAlex andAllie as they set out into the cold winter night in search of the SkySpirits. Their walkacrossthesnowyearthand up Coyote Hill is begun with a reminder from their mother that “Wisdom comes on silent wings.” As the girls try to speak quietly and walk softly over the frozen ground, they observe their surroundings, encounter animals, and think about past generations that have made the sametrek.Thebondtheyformin this experience comes not from talking with one another, but rather from the shared experi- enceoflisteningandresponding to the world around them, in the same way they sing to the coyote and the coyote sings back to them. When the girls reach the top of Coyote Hill, they dance and spin under falling snowflakes and an expansive northern sky. Eventually, as they lay in the snow, looking up at the stars, the SkySpirits (northern lights) appear in brilliant shades of green, blue, pink, and purple. The SkySpirits dance and spin in the sky, just as the girls had danced for them in their colorful parkas minutes before. In this story, many different worlds acknowledge and understand one another. SkySistersisagentle,introspectivebookwithrich,impressionisticillustrations. In both the way the story is written and depicted, I felt likeAlex’s experience could have been my own, a quiet reflection during a still, but wonder-filled winter night. Thanks to the Animals is the perfect winter story for children in preschool-grade 2. (Tilbury House Publishers image) SkySisters is appropriate for children in grades K-3. Both books in this review can be found on Amazon for purchase. (Kids Can Press image) Resources Inside the Book Thanks to the Animals includes an author’s note at the end of the book thatsharesinformationaboutthehistoryandtraditionsofthePassamaquoddy people. It also includes two pages dedicated to Passamaquoddy names for the animals in the book, spelled phonetically to help English-speakers become familiar with the language as it’s traditionally been spoken. Reservation’s 260 lakes, non-natives account for 75% of fishing activity, according the creel surveys. Followingamajorhatcheryrenova- tion in 2015—including installation of six new rearing ponds—LdF’s produc- tion capacity is greater than ever. While the tribe has reared a variety of species like lake sturgeon, trout, and white suckers in recent decades, walleye and muskellungerepresentthecoreofhatch- eryoutput.Tinyhatchlingsknownasfry are traditionally released by LdF and other tribal hatcheries in vast numbers, but the trend toward “growing out” fish in ponds over a two-six-month period is increasing as resource managers bet on improved survival rates with larger fish. Wawronowicz said 2018 ogaawag totals include 43,989 extended growth fish, which averaged 6.9-inches each. One exceptional walleye topped out at nine-inches. Muskie production, by design, was kept in check at 200, eleven-inch fish. “We stock our managed muskie waters at around one fish per ten acres,” Wawronowicz said. Joining Lac du Flambeau’s recent enhancements, Sokaogon Mole Lake, LacCourteOreilles,andStCroixBands areinthemidstofrefiningtheirhatchery systems. Earlyresults are impressive. A cooperativeprojectbetweenLacCourte OreillesandSt.Croixgenerated1.5mil- lionwalleyefry,21,000smallfingerlings averaging1.6-inches,and12,299robust extended growth fingerlings measuring around 7.3-inches each. “OurpartnershipwithSt.Croixwas very beneficial,” said Brian Bisonette, LCO Conservation Director. “We were abletoutilizeaSt.Croixpondwhilenew LCOpondsarestillunderdevelopment. A big chi-miigwech to staff from both tribes for this accomplishment.” FromtheMoleLaketribalhatchery, Fisheries Manager Mike Preul reported strong 2018 ogaa numbers. In late June fisheries specialists distributed 29,512 small fingerlings into three northeast Wisconsin lakes. The big event came in October when the tribe turned loose 64,880 extended growth ogaa into 17 more lakes. Those fish averaged from 7.5 to 7.8 inches. A better way While Wawronowicz acknowl- edges there will always be a place for hatcheries—especially in waters that historically have little or no natural reproduction—hesaidthere’sasenseof uneasethatwalleyeandothertraditional resources are near a tipping point. “Somewhere along the line we’re going to need to get a grip on clean air, clean water, and land use,” he said. “Stresses like shoreline development, mining, and climate change are hurting walleye natural reproduction.Ahealthy humanpopulationneedsthatsameclean waterandair.Weshouldallbeconcerned aboutthis,Indianandnon-Indianalike.” Lac du Flambeau, Sokaogon tribes lead in extended growth walleyes (continued from page 1) (continued from page 10)