Lake sturgeon are often represented in Native American art as a culturally significant creature. This rattle, made by artist Daniel LaBlance Bissell of the Fish Clan - Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, depicts the iconic fish. Once found in great abundance, lake sturgeon, the largest and oldest of the Great Lakes, have almost faded into obscurity due to overfishing, particularly for oil and caviar products. Now considered a threatened species in Michigan, they are the focus of rehabilitation efforts by scientists and also regional communities, such as Native American tribes living along Michigan's waterways. Lake sturgeon play a role in the creation and migration stories of Native Americans, ceremonial cycles and structure of some communities. People relied on the river and the fish for subsistence and it is currently part of art, storytelling, song and ceremony. For Native American tribes in the region, the important cultural connection to this sacred place and fish continues today.
Virtual World Cultures Scavenger Hunt (August 2020) “Culture” is a word that describes the ways of life shared by a
group of people. It has to do with how people live and includes things
such as music, art, religion language, clothing and more.This scavenger hunt
will introduce you to a few of the fascinating customs, beliefs and lifestyles
of people from diverse cultures in our communities and around the world.