The Little Spirit Cedar

The Little Spirit Cedar or Spirit Little Cedar Tree is a 500-year-old, small, twisted, gnarled tree that grows out of rock, and stands alone on a small cliff above the water’s edge of Lake Superior on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation.

The Ojibwe believed that the tree was home to evil spirits who endangered canoes passing the nearby rocky point and often treacherous waters of the big lake, hence the nickname “Witch Tree”. For centuries the tradition was to pass by the tree before starting a journey and offerings to the gods or Great Spirit were left at the base of the Little Spirit Cedar in return for safe travels.

Sacred to the Ojibwe people, the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has made it their responsibility to protect the hallowed cedar and the land on which it lives.

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