Anishinabe Maple Syrup Legend

  • Anishibabe (“The People”)

  • Anishinabe lived in the Great Lakes area including Minnesota

  • Legend that the Great Spirit, Gitchee Manitou, made life easy for “The People” 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 that “The People” 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