In its sixth installment, Wisconsin Media Lab introduces Greg “Biskakone” Johnson, who lives his life according to the four seasons as his ancestors did. He hunts, traps, snares, harvests deer, fish, berries, wild rice and wild plants.
Johnson is a member of the Lynx Clan and an enrolled member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He lives on the Lac du Flambeau reservation in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin and shares everything he harvests with his people.
The video begins with him hunting a deer and takes viewers through the process of skinning the deer and who uses each part and what for.
He has passed his knowledge to his two children, Wasanodae and Koen. He taught his daughter to skin a deer when she was 4 and his son how to make moccasins when he was 5. Together, the children tracked their first deer before they turned 6.
Read more about Johnson’s story and how hunting rights for tribal members, which are protected by treaties, are constantly under scrutiny here.