Simply exterior the city of Manistique, in Michigan’s stunning Higher Peninsula, is Kitch-iti-kipi, Michigan’s largest freshwater spring. Within the Ojibwe language, kitch-iti-kipi means “Large Spring,” and it isn’t solely a pure surprise however a vacationer attraction.
Whereas the spring was lengthy identified by the Ojibwe, as a result of it’s hidden deep within the woods close to Indian Lake, twelve miles exterior of Manistique, it didn’t change into fashionable amongst white locals and guests till the Nineteen Twenties when John I. Bellair, proprietor of a dime retailer in Manistique, started to popularize it. Bellair promoted a number of totally different legends about Kitch-iti-kipi to get individuals to go to the realm. Nevertheless, as he admitted later in life, he created lots of these legends himself.
Nevertheless, U.P. writer Carole Lynn Hare is aware of the true legend. In her new e-book, The Legend of Kitch-iti-kipi, she shares an genuine Ojibwe story that has been handed down in her Ojibwe household from her great-great-great-grandmother, who repeated the story as she first heard it from an previous Ojibwe girl.
The true legend is generations and maybe centuries previous and appears up to now to earlier than European settlers arrived within the Higher Peninsula. It tells the story of a younger Ojibwe warrior, Younger Eagle, and the gorgeous maiden, Little Fawn, who received his coronary heart. Additionally it is a story of treachery, spirits, unexplainable phenomena, tragedy, and eternal love.
Hare captures in her phrases the ambiance of the time and place in addition to the feelings of the characters. Her skillful storytelling is accompanied by a half-dozen black-and-white pencil illustrations by Ryan Gilroy. Like Hare, Gilroy is a local of the Manistique space. His illustrations seize the tone and tragedy of the story.
A further good bonus is the inclusion of a poem by Hare’s great-great-aunt Pearl. Aunt Pearl had been the primary particular person within the household to write down down the legend of Kitch-iti-kipi in a small booklet within the Nineteen Sixties that the household discovered upon her loss of life.
It’s vitally vital that we protect oral traditions and U.P. legends earlier than they vanish, so I applaud Hare for sharing this story with us. That the legend has survived for generations is a testomony to its energy, and anybody who visits Kitch-iti-kipi will take pleasure in studying of the mysterious occasions that occurred there. This little e-book will present leisure to younger and previous alike. The story of Younger Eagle and Little Fawn will not be one you’ll quickly overlook.