A North American Tradition
Maple Syrup's Discovery
The Iroquois Legend
The Eastern Woodlands Folktale
Nanabush decided to change their laborless ways. He transformed into a giant, and took all the river water and dumped it into the trees, making the syrup thin and watery. He said to the people, " You may have your precious syrup, but only when food and resource is scarce. You must boil the syrup to make it sweet over open fire. In the meantime, get back to your fires, your gardens, your cooking, and your cleaning."
The people obeyed the mighty Nanabush, and to this day, we must work hard all year to get our delicious reward of rich, sweet, syrup.
A Native American trough used to collect syrup
Maple Syrup boiling over a fire to bring out the sweetness
The final stage of syrup making Native American style