Early Ojibwe by William Scott

summer-Niibin

Lacrosse

Lacrosse was a popular sport played in both summer and winter. Many different American Indian groups enjoyed this games. They sometime played against each other. The Ojibwe made the equipment needed to play lacrosse from natural materials. The ball was made of leather and stuffed with hair, usually buffalo hair. The wooden stick could be as long as four feet.

Farming

Summer was also the time when women planted and tended crops—especially corn, which they called mandaamin (MUN-dah-min). They also raised pumpkins, squash, and potatoes. When the women weren’t tending their gardens, they turned their attention to wild foods, especially fruits. During the summer, the forests were rich with strawberries, Summer was also the time when women planted and tended.