Q&A Session with Carole Hare – author of The Legend of Kitch-iti-kipi |

CAROLE HARE graduated from high school in Manistique, Michigan and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business education from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. She taught school for three years in Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa. She later received her master’s degree in counseling from Northern Michigan University. Carole worked as a counselor for twenty-seven years, twenty-three of those as a school counselor and teacher in Marquette Area Public Schools. After retiring, she moved back to Manistique to live near her elder father. She currently is employed as a child and family counselor at the Manistique Tribal Center and spends much of her free time researching and learning more about her Native American ancestors. She has two successful adult sons, two amazing daughters-in-law, and five adorable grandchildren who reside in Seattle, Washington, and St. Petersburg, Florida.

“The Legend of Kitch-iti-kipi, by Carole Lynn Hare, is a retelling of the eponymous myth as passed down through generations of Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa (Ojibwe) Indian band.  The author, whose Native American name is Miskwa Anang Kwe, has an intimate connection to this legend.  Although packaged in a slim 24-page chapbook format, The Legend of Kitch-iti-kipi tells a gripping story and includes several illustrations by Manistique-area artist Ryan Gilroy.

Kitch-iti-kipi is a natural, spring-fed lake about 12 miles north of Manistique, which is on the north shore of Lake Michigan. It also goes by names like “The Big Spring” or “Mirror of Heaven.”  Two hundred feet across, the 40-foot deep Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan’s largest freshwater spring; over 10,000 gallons a minute gush from fissures in the underlying limestone. The flow continues throughout the year at a constant 45 degree Fahrenheit.
This book is a great introduction to tribal lore for anyone interested in the history of the Ojibwe people in the Upper Peninsula.  In particular, I would recommend the booklet for classroom use in any unit on Native American history and culture. It is my hope that this reinvigorated edition of the legend will find a new generation of young people called forth to learn more about the culture, whether or not it is their own heritage.” — Read the complete review at the U.P. Book Review.

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