How We Got Our Name, "Three Fires Wine"

Council of the Three Fires

The name Three Fires Wine comes from the Native American historical alliance, the Council of Three Fires , also known as the Confederacy of Three Fires. In 796 AD, the three primary Indian tribes of Michigan, the Ojibwe (Chippewa), the Odawa (Ottawa) and the Potawatomi, formed the alliance for mutual protection and to share the fruits of the land. The land spanned from the Northern shores of Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula and south to the Southern shores of Lake Michigan in the Lower Peninsula as well as in to Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Our wines come from this region and are made exclusively from Michigan grapes. We do not bottle or blend our wines with wines from any other state.

A little American History …

The three Indian tribes were referred to as ‘brothers’ The Ojibwe (Chippewa), called the Older Brother, were the ‘keepers of the faith.’ They were great hunters and fishermen residing in the Eastern half of the Upper Peninsula and northern shore of Lake Michigan. The Odawa (Ottawa), called the ‘Middle Brother,’ were the ‘keepers of the trade’ and were known to be great craftsmen and traders. They lived in the Western half of the Lower Peninsula. The Potawatomi, referred to as the ‘Younger Brother,’ were the ‘keepers of the fire.’ Living in the warmer Southwest corner of Lower Michigan, the Potawatomi were successful farmers and skilled medicine men. The three tribes lived harmoniously for centuries and today are referred to as the People of the Three Fires.

At Three Fires Wine our name not only reflects the origin of our wine, but also represents the respect with have for Michigan’s rich Native American heritage.

Also, visit AbsoluteMichigan.org for more information.



Native American Villages after 1812 War

Source: Native Geneology

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