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Renewing Relatives

One tribe's efforts to bring back an ancient fish

For centuries, the ancestors of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, an Anishinaabe people of the Great Lakes region, gathered on the banks of the Big Manistee River every spring to celebrate the annual return of a revered fish to its age-old spawning grounds. So ancient is this fish species, and so deeply intertwined is it with the tribe’s culture and survival, that the Anishinaabek sometimes call it the “grandfather fish.”…
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by: Marty Holtgren, Stephanie Ogren, and Kyle Whyte – Autumn 2015

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