Near La Pointe in Ashland County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Gidanamikaagoo omaa Mooningwanekaaning
Madeline Island is the spiritual home of the Ojibwe people, who lived here hundreds of years before the first arrival of European fur traders and missionaries.
The island's English namesake is Madeleine Cadotte (Ikwesewe), a prominent local 19th century Ojibwe woman whose father was Chief Waabajijaak and whose husband was Michel Cadotte (Gichi-miishen), a fur trader of Ojibwe and French ancestry.
The island's Ojibwe name is Mooningwanekaaning, named after mooningwaneg, the bird called flicker in English.
Many places name in Wisconsin come from the Ojibwe language because of the people's long history in the area and use of Ojibwe as a lingua franca during the fur trade era.
Ojibwe language signs on Madeline Island represent traditional location names as well as modern words for places such as a gas station or town park; a reflection of history and a look to the future of the Ojibwe language on Mooningwanekaaning.
Topics. This Industry & Commerce • Native Americans.
Location. 46° 49.179′ N, 90° 40.612′ W. Marker is near La Pointe, Wisconsin, in Ashland County. Marker is on Town Park Circle east of Big Bay Road, on the left when traveling east. Marker is in Big Bay Town Park, mounted on the restroom building near the east end of the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2305 Town Park Circle, La Pointe WI 54850, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Human History at Big Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Vessels (approx. 5.9 miles away); Madeline Island (approx. 5.9 miles away); La Pointe Indian Cemetery (approx. 6 miles away); The Booth Cooperage (approx. 6˝ miles away); Memorial to Commercial Fishermen of Bayfield (approx. 6˝ miles away); Bayfield Historic Waterfront (approx. 6˝ miles away); A Turning Point in Place and Time (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Pointe.
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