Nanabush is a cultural hero, who is a teacher of humanity.
We are told that when the world was new, maple trees were filled with syrup, and that the people collect the syrup very easily.
This made the people in the villages lazy, so Nanabush poured water into the tops of the maple trees, to thin out the syrup.
Now, to make maple syrup, we must work very hard.
In this way, Nanabush teaches us to appreciate the gift of maple syrup which is given to us by the Creator.