Honoring the Maple Sugar DVD: Album
In early spring, Ojibwe people gather sap from the cherished maple tree and boil it down to sugar as they have done for centuries in the upper Great Lakes region. John Henry McMillan respectfully demonstrates this age-old process with the assistance of a group of young people from the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe in Cloquet, Minnesota. Award-winning producer Lorraine Norrgard, skillfully juxtaposes archival footage of the maple sugar harvest by Monroe Kelly and Robert Ritzenthaler with contemporary ways of harvesting to demonstrate this beautiful cultural continuum. "Honoring the Maple Sugar" is a joyful tribute to the maple trees and to the Elders who passed this cultural tradition on to future generations.