Students from Denfeld High School took part in a Riverwatch field trip, a water quality monitoring program for the St. Louis River and its tributaries in northeastern Minnesota. This project promotes and inspires stewardship of the largest U.S. tributary to Lake Superior and other nearby waterways.
Jean-Paul Rennquist traveled as a chaperone with Denfeld students as they conducted an analysis of Merritt Creek. He shared Ojibwemowin - nibi for water and manoomin for wild rice – and talked about how these were fundamental materials in the Ojibwe worldview. He said studying what happens to water and how it could affect sensitive life forms like manoomin are both a scientific undertaking and a form of cultural preservation. “Miigwech for the teachers who invited me to help with this expedition,” he said. Thank you, JP, for the photos and info.