Native American fire in the Great Lakes region

Native American fire Great Lakes region
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For thousands of years in the Great Lakes Region, Native Americans used fire intentionally to manage the ecosystems they lived in. This short film, Oshkigin: Spirit of Fire highlights this deep, reciprocal relationship with the land and the role fire plays in that relationship. This story is told by Ojibwe Wildland firefighters, Fond du Lac elder Vern Northrup, and Damon Panek. For more information, visit:

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

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  1. I started my fire career in the great lakes region (upper peninsula). Successful prescribed burns helped shape my current views on fire management and my currant Fuels management carrier. Great video


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