by Craig Macdonald

           Scale 1:126,720

Nastawgan Map 

Temagami's Comprehensive Canoeing Map

Not only is this map an excellent canoe-trip planning map, but it depicts Temagami as it was in 1900 with:


Winter trails

Native place names

Illustrations of native lifestyle


Online Index, Map Preface, Map Legend, Abbreviation Key, Pronunciation Key

Nastawgan Explained

The winter and summer travel routes of the Teme-Augama Anishinabai and their ancient methods of travel. O-daw-ban, the winter sleigh.

Map Description and Ordering Info

The full-size printed map, produced jointly with the Ontario government in 1993, is available from the author.

About the Author

Craig Macdonald is an ethno-geographer, Cree-Ojibwa place-name linguist and trails expert who spent 27 years doing research in the area. He interviewed over 200 Anishinabai elders and traveled over 1,000 miles in the backcountry exploring the nastawgan and methods of travel on them. Craig estimates that the nastawgan have been in use for over a thousand years. From his painstaking research and devotion to native-travel methods and routes, the word nastawgan has moved from the aboriginal language into the language of the modern canoeist.

  EXTERNAL LINK: Legion magazine story on Macdonald


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