Anishinaabe Word of The Day

Fishing with rod & reel (wewebanaabii)

Fishing is the activity of trying to catch fish. Fish are often caught as wildlife from the natural environment (fresh water or marine), but may also be caught from stocked bodies of water such as pondscanalspark wetlands and reservoirsFishing techniques include hand-gatheringspearingnettinganglingshooting and trapping, as well as more destructive and often illegal techniques such as electrocutionblasting and poisoning.


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Anishinaabe Stories or Other Interesting Facts!


Nenabozho Goes Fishing: A Sovereignty Story

Nenabozho cut a hole in the ice. Placing his decoy into the water, he reflected on the stories of his elders, stories that detailed times of deprivation and struggle. In those times, the animals, fish, and plants established relationships with the Ojibwe, giving their bodies to sustain the people. Nenabozho remembered the suckerfish who gave their lives to ensure the Ojibwe would survive the harsh winter. The Ojibwe fondly refer to February as the Suckerfish Moon to remember and honor this relationship.


Related Words


giigoonh na a fish

See also: giingoo na [RL]

clean fish

bakazhaawe vai s/he cleans fish

fire-cured meat or fish

abwewasigan ni fire-cured meat or fish

roasted fish

abwaajigan ni roasted meat or fish

scale fish

jiiga’amegwe vai s/he scales fish

jiiga’e vai s/he scales fish