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Near Au Train in Alger County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Grand Island Nishnaabe

 
 
The Grand Island Nishnaabe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 27, 2014
1. The Grand Island Nishnaabe Marker
Inscription.  The Grand Island Nishnaabe had many of their spring, summer, and fall needs met on the island, but they also visited the mainland for seasonal foods and hunting. Sand Point provided luscious cranberries. The Anna River and other streams provided fish in the spring as they moved into the creek for spawning. Lake Superior supplied the Nishnaabe with trout, whitefish, perch, and pike. The Grand Island reefs were fished by flambeau (torch), spearing and netting.

Five Mile Point was a favorite location for blueberries and as a hunting area which supplied the Nishnaabe not only meat but also hides for tanning and clothing. The Au Train River was used by the Nishnaabe for picking herbs used in medicines. The Au Train Plains provided rich harvests of blueberries. Trapping on Grand Island and the mainland supplied furs for warm clothing and food. The island and mainland were their "play ground" for thousands of years.

An ancient Ojibwa portage trail exists in this area between Lakes Superior and Michigan. Today, hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders traverse the Bay de Noc - Grand Island Trail within the Hiawatha National Forest.

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Marker detail: Face in the rock - 1962 image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Face in the rock - 1962
"Face In The Rock" was a tribute left by a French voyager in 1820 of a Nishnaabe, Powers of the Air, who survived the bloody battle fought against the Sioux Tribe in Minnesota. Many small burial grounds dot the southern shores of Lake Superior where the Nishnaabe have laid their people to rest.

The tragic story of the carving and of the Grand Island Chippewa is told by local author Loren Graham in his book A Face in the Rock.
 
Erected by Michigan Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative AmericansParks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 46° 26.236′ N, 86° 49.009′ W. Marker is near Au Train, Michigan, in Alger County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 28 one mile east of Arbutus Street (Autrain Forest Lake Road), on the left when traveling east. Marker is located along the Lake Superior beach trail in Scott Falls Roadside Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Au Train MI 49806, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Face in the Rock (a few steps from this marker); Lake Superior (within shouting distance of this marker); Russell A. Alger
Marker detail: Face in the rock - 1998 image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Face in the rock - 1998
(approx. 7.9 miles away); Munising Public Dock (approx. 8 miles away); Shipwrecks of the Alger Underwater Preserve (approx. 8 miles away).
 
Regarding The Grand Island Nishnaabe. "Nishnaabe" is an alternate spelling of the Anishinaabe people.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. A Face in the Rock
 
Also see . . .  The Story of the Ojibwe (Chippewa Indians). According to tradition, which is supported by linguistic and archaeological studies, the ancestors of the Anishinaabeg migrated from the Atlantic Ocean, or perhaps Hudson Bay, following the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Straits of Mackinac, arriving there about 1400. They continued expanding west, south, and northward, and first met French fur traders in 1623, in what would become the eastern half of the upper peninsula of Michigan. (Submitted on August 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
The Grand Island Nishnaabe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 27, 2014
4. The Grand Island Nishnaabe Marker
Face in the Rock today image. Click for full size.
5. Face in the Rock today
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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