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PostPosted: August 8th, 2018, 12:55 pm 
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Does anyone know of a good resource for finding out where a lake name originated? I’m particularly interested in Dashwa Lake, NW of Atikokan, SE of White Otter.


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PostPosted: August 8th, 2018, 7:17 pm 
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There's a ministry website where you can search provincial geographic names but I can't seem to find it. If you really want the info, you could contact the OGNB. They might be able to help.

The Ontario Geographic Names Board
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Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
2nd Floor North
300 Water St
Peterborough ON K9J 8M5
Tel: 705-755-2134
E-mail: geographicnames@ontario.ca

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PostPosted: August 9th, 2018, 12:28 am 
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There's a link on this page but I couldn't find Dashwa in the database

https://www.ontario.ca/page/geographic-names

I'm not sure if this is the information I think it is though. I have a geological names book for Manitoba. There must be something similar for Ontario.


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PostPosted: August 10th, 2018, 8:41 am 
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Thanks Jonathan and Neil. I sent an email to OGNB. Fingers crossed.


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PostPosted: August 10th, 2018, 11:16 am 
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If you want to do a bit of sleuthing yourself, try the Ojibway Language dictionary by Frederic Baraga.

Here might be a meaning in the root of the name "Tashk..." with entries referring to splitting an object. A split rock, a gash in the sky line, split wood....

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PostPosted: August 14th, 2018, 12:07 pm 
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Thanks Erhard, that's a great idea. Reguesting the dictionary from the library. Father Baraga's Cross is on the Minnesota North Shore of Superior. It commemorates his safe crossing of the big lake in stormy weather. I stopped there with high school kids a couple times.

Here's what I got back from the OGNB: "Our summer student searched in our historical names records here in our office, and found the following information about Dashwa Lake, which has appeared on maps as early as 1933: “Chippewa word for ‘tortoiseshell’” We were unable to locate any additional information about the origin or this reference. I hope this helps somewhat."

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