Minnesota North Woods

Photographs from the lush beauty of the north woods of Minnesota.

Spirit Tree (2010)
Spirit Tree (2010)
In English this tree is called the Witch Tree. In Ojibwa it is called Manidoo-giizhikens or Little Cedar Spirit Tree and it is sacred. Our Ojibwa host led us down the old path in the dark through the thick forest to the rocky cliff where the tree grows above the water’s edge. In the early dawn light we each made offerings of tobacco to show our respect and then we waited for the sun. It rose above the waters in ancient splendor and its golden light warmed our hearts.