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Ininatig's Gift of Sugar: Traditional Native Sugarmaking

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In this unique series, Native American authors examine their cultural traditions, from Navajo rug weaving in the Southwest to wild rice gathering in northern Minnesota. Each book describes these customs as they are seen through the eyes of the participants and discusses how Native American people maintain their cultural identities in contemporary society.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by Lerner Publishing Group (first published January 1st 1993)
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Apr 19, 2010 Manybooks rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: older children and adults interested in maple syrup, or Native American culture
With an engaging, informative text and spectacular photographs, a detailed step-by-step description of traditional Anishinaabe sugar-making is presented (not only of the sugaring process itself, but also of the traditions, the culture of Anishinaabe sugarmaking, the knowledge passed down from generation to generation). Even though the text of Ininatig's Gift of Sugar is primarily informative and non-fictional, it does draw you in emotionally; you feel like an active participant, not just a passi ...more
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Mar 30, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who’ve enjoyed maple syrup/sugar; if interested in modern Native Americans &/or nature
Recommended to Lisa by: Manybooks
I am a maple sugar fool and also enjoy reading all I can about Native Americans, so I knew this book would be my cup of tea. I love maple syrup, maple sugar candy and maple butter (if both are made with 100% maple syrup), I love Pete Seeger’s “Maple Syrup Time” song, so I was grateful when my Goodreads’ friend Gundula alerted me to this book, and thrilled when my library (my branch!) had a copy on the shelf. And, I did treat myself to a few small pieces of organic maply syrup hard candy as I was ...more
Apr 26, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-nonfiction
Ininatig's Gift of Sugar: Traditional Native Sugarmaking (We Are Still Here) by Laura Waterman Wittstock is a excellent look at traditional Native American sugarmaking. This story of Anishinabe people in Minnesota shows them conducting sugarmaking camps where they not only make maple syrup and maple sugar, but teach yong people about the traditions and process. The tale of Inintaig, the Man-tree and his gift of sugar making to Native American people is incorparated into the story.

The book is inf
Evelyn Chen
Feb 13, 2010 Evelyn Chen rated it really liked it
Shelves: native-american
APA Citation:
Wittstock, Laura WatermanKakkak, Dal. (1993) Ininatig's gift of sugar :traditional native sugarmaking Minneapolis : Lerner Publications Co.,

Reading Interest/Level: Grades 2-5

This book details the steps of how syrup is extracted from maple trees to make sugar. A short tale from the Anishinabe tribe preludes the detailed steps, revealing that sugar-making requires an intimate respect between the individual and the tree.

It wasn't until I visited a maple syrup farm i
Apr 20, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a rather long (and somewhat dated), but fascinating look at an annual sugarmaking event in Minnesota. The process is outlined in detail and there are lots of photographs that show the people in action. It's an informative story, but we had to read it in parts or else our girls would quickly lose interest. I like that it depicts a mixture of old ways and new technology to preserve a Native American cultural tradition.

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