Students take a trip to the 'sugarbush'
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
All 50-some students at the Cloquet Area Alternative Education Program took a trip to the woods near Sawyer two weeks ago.
It was a journey to both culture and place.
It was a journey to the “sugarbush.”
Sugarbush in English — iswi-baakwa-togan in Ojibwe — refers to the way the Anishinaabe people describe the trees and the land where they make maple syrup and maple sugar in early spring.
Of course, the students knew that, because they’d been reading Ignatia Broker’s “Night Flying Woman” (an Ojibwe novel) in English class.
Thanks to the Bruce Savage family, they got their own taste of the sugarbush.