MISHI 2017: Does Wisdom Sit in Places? Sites as Sources of Knowledge.

On the Importance of Caribou Stories

Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute

On the Importance of Caribou Stories

By Katherine MacDonald For the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation and Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute August, 2017   My childhood summers were spent on the shores of Lake Huron, visiting my grandmother in Amberley.  Together with my brother, we would explore the woods and play by the water’s edge, collecting shells and feathers, and listen to the stories told by those around us.  We learned about the Clay Pond, and the Clam Pond and why they were important for us.  We learned how to watch, and respect the power of the Lake.  And we learned the names of important landscape features...

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All the Parts are in Conversation with Each Other:

Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute

All the Parts are in Conversation with Each Other:

By Phil Henderson             On the shores of Lake Mindemoya, Alan Corbiere talked about how Nanabush escaped from the Haudenosaunee by running up the length of the Saugeen/Bruce Peninsula and paddling across Lake Huron to Manitoulin Island. In the local coffee shop that graciously played host to so many of our group’s participants for our week-long stay, Bill Fox provided the archaeological evidence of the extent and intention behind Anishinaabek mobility throughout the vast Great Lakes Basin. In that same space, Anong Beam explained the process of pottery crafting, highlighting the uniqueness and place-based qualities of clays with which she and her family...

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Wisdom Sits in Places

Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute

Wisdom Sits in Places

By C. Elizabeth Best     Caption: Nico Williams, “Bandolier” from the exhibit “Spirit Transformations” Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, 2017.               A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute (MISHI). The most exciting part of this program was that I was able to attend academic events at home. Previous to MISHI 2017, my academic life and my home world had been separate parts of my identity. As most people can attest, two worlds colliding is a strange feeling full of self-reflection.               Over the past five years, I have been grappling...

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MISHI 2017 Reflections: Bridging Land, Ideas, Generations, Worlds

Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute

MISHI 2017 Reflections: Bridging Land, Ideas, Generations, Worlds

By Victoria Jackson, Daniel Murchison, and Carolyn Podruchny*            We thought there were only two ways on and off Manitoulin Island: driving over the Little Current Swing Bridge along Highway 6 on the north shore, or arriving at South Baymouth on the south shore via the MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry from Tobermory on the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. We were wrong. The “Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute (MISHI) 2017: Does Wisdom Sit in Places? Sites as Sources of Knowledge,” a five-day summer institute held from August 14-18, 2017, taught us that the wisdom and knowledge on...

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