Yesterday I wrote about my trip to the Maple Syrup festival at our local nature center.

It takes a lot of work to collect the sap in buckets and then boil the sap until the water evaporates away and only the maple syrup is left.

mani making in winter

My friends and I wonder who on earth would have discovered all the special techniques and long hours it takes to turn sap from certain trees into a tasty treat?

Well,  now I know.

mani telling the story
Once, long ago,  the Great Father Above  made  People and then gave them many good gifts to help them and to make their life pleasant.

Many of the People lived near great forests of maple trees.
Soon the people discovered that they could just break a small branch off a tree and drink the thick delicious syrup that poured out from the branch.

But after a while the wise leader Manabosu saw that  all the people wanted to do  was  sit under the trees and drink the syrup all day.   Manabosu saw that it was too easy for the people to get their treats, and they didn’t want to work anymore.      The people had grown fat and lazy and weak.

mani huron warrior
They no longer took care of their villages or their fields  or their hunting and growing tools.  Manabosu told the people that it was wrong to stop working for what they needed and to live lives of idleness,  but the people didn’t listen.

Manabuso went to the Great Father and told him what had happened.  Then the Great Father decided that the people needed to learn a lesson.   So he caused the rainwater to fall into the tops of the trees so that the sap became thin and weak like the rainwater.

When the people missed their sweet drink,  they had to learn how to use the thin sap.  They had to learn how to find the sap and take it out of the trees.  mani wood tap dripping
And then to collect it in baskets made of bark from the trees.
They learned how to put the sap in large bowls made by carving out logs:

They learned how to heat the sap by placing large hot stones in the log container.   They made tongs for the hot stones out of deer antlers, which you can see on the ground near the syrup-making log.

mani hot stones

And they learned how to boil the sap until most of  the water was gone.
mani toiling hard

They learned to boil it until it became like a hard rock and then they could carry it with them when they traveled.

And then the Great Father Above made it so the sap from the trees would run for only one time each year so that the people would  remember that once they had forgotten that they must work hard  for what they wanted.

And that is such an important lesson for the people of this earth that many tribes of people tell this same story.

mani manabhozho

I know this is a true story because I took some of these pictures myself on my pleasant walk through the maple forest:

SAMSUNGAnd I know it’s true because  the same Great Father Above sent a man to us to tell us that we must work hard if we want to eat:

“For also when we were with you, this we declared to you: that, if any man will not work, neither let him eat. “    (II Thessalonians 3:10,  in the Bible)



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