Where maple syrup comes from” by Jason Dean is licensed under CC BY 2.0

When the snow and ice thaw, it is the beginning of a new year for the Ojibwe as they moved their camp into the forest to harvest maple sap for making sugar. At night, the families went fishing in the shallow waters, using a burning torch to see the fish in the lakes.

Today, tribal members still gather maple sap, but they use metal or plastic containers to gather it and big iron kettles for boiling the syrup. They also continue to go fishing at night, but they use an electric flashlight to see the fish instead of a birch-bark torch.

Students will learn how times have changed, and yet tribal members continue to practice their traditional ways according to the seasons.

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