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Minong - The Good Place: Ojibwe and Isle Royale

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"Minong" (the Ojibwe name for Isle Royale) is the search for the history of the Ojibwe people's relationship with this unique island in the midst of ... Show synopsis

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Creekspirit

Excellent History of Isle Royale

by Creekspirit on Jan 21, 2010

In 'Minong - The Good Place: Ojibwe and Isle Royale', author Timothy Cochrane, a former park ranger at Isle Royale National Park, has created an interesting study of the Ojibwe connection to Isle Royale. Though the book is probably of most interest to people with interest in Native Americans, Isle Royale National Park, the history of the region around Lake Superior, or in the interactions between Native Americans and european settlers, it is a useful and illuminating guide for visitors to the National Park. It covers the natural history and the human history of the island in a way that the National Park Service neglects. Using historical accounts and discussions with modern day Ojibwe, Cochrane relates how the Ojibwe from the north shore of Lake Superior traveled to, lived on, and used the island. The book includes a number of stories, both mythic and personal, of Ojibwe who lived on the island or came for a time to use the island's resources. Stories include tales of the spirits who inhabited the island or Lake Superior and the story related by Mrs Mott of her experience surviving winter and starvation, though her non-Ojibwe husband did not. Cochrane's major point is that Minong was connected to the people of the North Shore of Lake Superior, what is now Minnesota and Ontario. The Treaty of Paris, 1783, awarded Isle Royale to the US and later Congress included it in Michigan. In the 20th Century the Ojibwe historic use of Isle Royale was minimized to facilitate the creation of Isle Royale National Park. Even the name of park is the French name rather than the Ojibwe Minong. Today the major access to the park is from the upper peninsula of Michigan, not the historical routes from Grand Portage and Thunder Bay. Indeed on a 2009 trip to the island, I noticed very little that informed me of the Ojibwe who lived on and used the island for hundreds if not thousands of years. 'Minong - The Good Place' is the source for this missing history of the island.

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