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There is a deep relationship between the environment and Western Apache people The bonds between the two are so strong that it is embedded in their culture and history Keith Basso author of Wisdom Sits in Places expanded on this theory and did so by divulging himself into Western Apaches life He spent fifteen years with the Apache people studying their relationship with the environment specifically concentrating on Place-names When Basso first began to work with the Apache people one of his Apache friends told him to learn the names because they held a special meaning with the community Cruikshank 1990 54 Place-names are special names given to a specific locality where an event took place that was significant in history and crucial in shaping morals and beliefs Through the use of place-names the environment became a teaching tool for Apache people Red Lake the small town where I grew up is an Ojibwa place-name The area dates back 9000 yeas ago when the Stone Age peoples first inhabited the region that is now known as northwestern Ontario These aboriginals were indigenous people familiar with the properties of the surrounding plants and wild animals They lived along the waterways and treated their environment with respect and celebrated its bounties through their spirituality Web Site 1 According to Ojibwa legend thousands of years ago two hunters came across a very large moose standing beside a beautiful clear blue lake The Hunters thought the moose was an evil spirit named Matchee Manitou and they tried to kill it One of the hunters shot the animal with an arrow just wounding it The grand and majestic animal escaped by diving into the water and disappearing forever A large pool of blood colored the water red masking the once beautiful blue lake A creature so huge was never to be seen again The hunters named the lake Misque Sakigon meaning Color of Blood
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