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Lake Leelanau, Michigan - Wood Laser Cut Map

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This is a beautifully detailed, laser engraved and precision cut topographical Map of North Lake Leelanau, Michigan with the following interesting stats carved into it:

Which means “Delight of Life”

2950 surface acres

Max. Width: 1.5 miles

Max. Depth: 121 feet

Also known as Carp Lake

Interesting factoids: Lake Leelanau lies in the Leelanau Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. The entire lake—which includes two bodies of water, usually referred to as North Lake Leelanau and South Lake Leelanau—covers about 8,608 acres and lies within Leelanau County. The lake is also sometimes known as Carp Lake.  Native Americans who first inhabited the area called this land "ke-ski-bi-ag," which means "narrow body of water," and called the lake itself "lee-lan-au," which means "delight of life."

Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, an Indian agent for the territory, was credited with formally naming the county, and was said to use Leelanau as a character in his writing. See Leelanau County for a more complete discussion of the etymology of the name.

Scholars have established, however, that Leelanau was first used as a pen name by Schoolcraft's wife Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, in writings for The Literary Voyager, a family magazine which she and her husband wrote together in the 1820s. Jane Johnston was of Ojibwa and Scots-Irish descent, and wrote in Ojibwa and English. While her writing was not published formally in her lifetime (except as Schoolcraft appropriated it under his own name), Jane Johnston Schoolcraft has been recognized as "the first Native American literary writer, the first known Indian woman writer, the first known Indian poet, the first known poet to write poems in a Native American language, and the first known American Indian to write out traditional Indian stories." In 2008 Jane Johnston Schoolcraft was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. (Not all of this information made it onto the map, we just love to read up on the lakes we design).


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