Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 67
Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538

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Cultural History

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has a rich and colorful history to be proud of. Their reservation area has its own history as well. The history of this tribe is filled with culture and traditions as well as the things that serve as a link between the present and that of the past. It would be noted that several centuries ago, the Ojibwe tribe came from the Big Salt Water portion of the East. The tribal migration was part of the prophecy which is now considered as a reality. The prophecy stated that the tribe would soon find a refuge of which they could settle for long periods of time. The prophecy also stated that the settlement of the tribe will be a place where they could find both food and water. True enough, the tribe found food in their tribal land. They discovered the wonders of wild rice. These days, wild rice is still very much relevant in the lives of the tribal people. Aside from wild rice, these Ojibwe people were also fond of fishes which they caught along the nearby water reserves. The tribe had devised an unusual way of catching fish through the use of a light flaming a torch. This method was the reason behind the tribal label, "Lake of the Torches". The tribe called their habitat as Waswagnoning. The literal meaning of the name is "A place where they spear fish by torch light."
The tribe has been in their current reservation area since the year 1745. It was Chief Keeshkemun who led the band towards the abundant place of Lac du Flambeau. The tribe then adopted the name Lac du Flambeau from the tribe's unique gathering practice when catching fish that is, by harvesting fishes at night using a spear and a torch as their light. It was, however, the French trader's idea that had brought the tribe in the said type of harvesting fishes. The French were also the ones who named the tribe such aside from the other trappers who has visited the tribal territory.
The tribal reservation area was fully put into order by the treaties which were signed between the years 1837 and 1842. The reservation area of the tribe did not only serve as a settlement for the Indians, but as a tourist spot to those who were living in the southern Wisconsin and Illinois. Every year, hundreds of tourists coming from these states visit the tribal territory to experience culture and their tradition. The tourism industry in the tribe is one of the most sought after industries and is one of the most common sources of income for the tribal families.
The tribe, aside from the tourism industry, has also fostered the idea and entered the business ventures which included bingo as well as that of a casino enterprise. The revenues brought about by these tribal enterprises keep the fires in the reservation area burning. In short, the tribal economy is being boost by these enterprises. The lives of the tribal members are likewise put into order.

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