Ojibwe Fish Decoys
Jerome “Brooks” Big John learned how to spearfish through the ice for muskie from his father. He makes carved and painted wooden weighted decoys, fitted with metal fins so that they “swim” in a circle when jigged. While an experienced fishing guide and an excellent cook, Brooks works as a defense advocate in the Ojibwe tribal court system. Brooks hopes his skills and presentations will better promote understanding of the unique Ojibwe heritage. In addition to an oral history, Brooks presents the Ojibwe culture through traditional fish decoy carving, ceremonial Peace Pipe carving, birch bark crafts, beadwork and quillwork, maple sugar harvest, wild rice harvesting, and Ojibwe song and dance.
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last updated: 12/22/2011
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