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Anishinabe Maple Syrup Legend


Anishibabe (“The People”)


Anishinabe lived in the Great Lakes area including Minnesota

Legend has it that the Great Spirit, Gitchee Manitou, made life easy for Anishibabe by providing abundant game and crops

Gitchee Manitou filled the maple tree with thick sweet syrup

One could break off a branch and let the sweet syrup drip into your mouth

Manabohzo, the hero and trickster of Algonquians, saw the Anishibabe were ignoring their work and getting fat and lazy from drinking too much syrup

Manabohzo collected water from the river in a birch bark basket and poured it in the top of the maple tree to thin out the syrup

Manabohzo also ordered that the trees only flow for a short time in the spring