Before there was farmland, there were untamed wetlands. One of the largest in North America was the Grand Kankakee Marsh, which saturated nearly a million acres in Northern Indiana and Illinois. It was home to some of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet. Native Americans considered the Grand Marsh’s waters nature’s womb. Louis the XIV would claim the land as “New France.” Sportsmen and market hunters called it “paradise.” Industrialists made their fortunes from its natural capital. And it was dubbed “Chicago’s Food Pantry” for its seemingly endless supply of fur, fowl, and fin. For centuries, the marsh gave and man took. Today, only a fraction of this wetland survives. The story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh is a cautionary tale. But it is not over, and all is not lost.
Through expert interviews, beautiful high-definition wildlife footage, historic never-before-seen photographs, and dramatic recreations, EVERGLADES OF THE NORTH, reveals the diverse ecology, illustrates the astonishing history, and explores the controversial saga of the Grand Kankakee Marsh by examining how people have used and perceived this wetland for more than 10,000 years.