Since migrating southwest from their traditional homes north of the great lakes, the Anskinape spent their summers in what is now The Hill neighborhood of Central City. They referred to the area as the place where the plains met the forest and water, and in the nexus of these three distinct habitats, they took advantage of diverse resources. Near the shore of Lake Windsor, the Anskinape caught fish, hunted, and harvested plants, particularly wild rice, to fill their winter stores. The warm months provided an opportunity to sew and mend clothing, build or repair tools, tan hides and dry food.
Each autumn, the weather would turn, and the Anskinape traveled over sixty miles to their winter camp in the northern forest. Before beginning their seasonal journey, they spent three days in ceremony—cleansing, purifying, giving thanks, and seeking guidance. Their fall ritual ended with a sacrifice. Once the sacrifice had been made and the people returned from sacred time to profane time, they broke camp.Prehistory: Ceremonial Time/Profane Time