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Big Rock Point


Big Rock Point is named for a large 
boulder used as a landmark by Native 
Americans. At least as early as the 
mid-nineteenth century. Odawa 
(Ottawa) Indians used Big Rock, 
which they called Kitcheossening, as 
a gathering place each spring. The 
Odawa summered at Waganaksing (the 
area between Harbor Springs and 
Cross Village), but dispersed into
smaller groups and traveled during 
the winter. Each spring they 
returned to Big Rock, their canoes 
loaded with sugar, furs, deer skins,
prepared venison, bear's oil, and 
bear meat prepared in oil, deer
tallow, and sometimes a lot of
honey. From there they returned to
Waganaksing by crossing the bay in 
wiigwaas jiimaan (birch bark 
canoes). In 1999 elders and youth
from the Little Traverse Bay Band of 
Odawa Indians recreated the corssing.

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