Early Ojibwe

Spring~Ziigwan

Maple Camps

In the spring the Ojibwe moved from to stay at Maple Sugar camps. They collected maple sap that was there, from the maple trees, and boiled it to make maple sugar. They used birch bark containers to shape the maple sugar so that they could store it. The Ojibwe used this maple sugar like we do today with salt.

Other Springtime Activities

The men, and the women made birch bark canoes in the spring. They made them by making a wooden frame and covering it with birch bark.

In the spring the men hunted small game like, fish, pigeons, and fur bearing animals. They use spears to catch fish through holes in the ice, and then used nets when the ice melted. The men also used nuts to attract and catch low flying pigeons.