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Winter stories: Ojibwe tales that can only be told when there's snow on the ground


December 16, 2019

“Why The Loon’s Eyes Are Red” might not be the classic holiday story found in every bookstore come December, and “How the Raccoon Got His Mask” has never been turned into a Christmas TV special, but for Ojibwe families around Detroit Lakes, these tales are as beloved a winter tradition as lefse and lutefisk are to local Scandinavians.

In the Ojibwe culture, storytelling is an ancient and important art. It’s how tales and teachings about the world are passed from generation to generation, from elder storytellers to eager children.


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