Early Ojibwe


Maple sugar-Ziinzibaakwad

After all the snow melted and the flowers started to bloom it was time to pack up and move to maple sugar camp. It was an exciting time after being cooped up all winter. They tapped the maple trees and collected sap. They put in a metal pan and boiled it down over a fire. After that you have to pour it in a wood bowl and stir it with a wooden spoon. It becomes a sugar like substance and is delicious too!


During spring or Ziigwan the Ojibwe made birch bark canoe. They took the skin of birch bark off the tree and formed it. They spent days making them but it was worth it in summer for fishing and in fall for ricing.