Ininatig's Gift of Sugar: Traditional Native Sugarmaking

by Laura W. Wittstock and Dale Kakkak

A legend of the Ojibway people tells the story of Ininatig, the man-tree who saved... read more

A legend of the Ojibway people tells the story of Ininatig, the man-tree who saved the people from starving long ago when he showed them how to collect the sap that flowed from his skin when it was cut. The tradition of maple sugarmaking and thanking the trees each spring is continued at a sugarbush outside of Minneapolis by a 73-year-old Ojibway man named Porky, a member of the Loon clan, who has turned the annual event into a hands-on learning experience for adults and children alike. Text and photographs follow Porky, his family and friends, and countless visitors to the camp through the step-by-step process of sugarmaking, from collecting the proper tools to tapping the trees to boiling the clear sweet liquid into gold maple syrup or sugar. (Ages 7-11)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993

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