Monday, May 26, 2014

Meet Native America: Duke Peltier, Ogimaa (Chief) of Wiikwemkoong Anishinabek

Meet Native American. The National Museum of the American Indian.

"In the interview series Meet Native America, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian invites tribal leaders, cultural figures, and other interesting and accomplished Native individuals to introduce themselves and say a little about their lives and work. Together, their responses illustrate the diversity of the indigenous communities of the Western Hemisphere, as well as their shared concerns, and offer insights beyond what’s in the news to the ideas and experiences of Native peoples today." 
-Dennis Zotigh, NMAI 


Ogimaa Duke Peltier, chief of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve. Image Courtesy of Ireva Photography and NMAI.
Ogimaa Duke Peltier, chief of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve.
Image Courtesy of Ireva Photography and NMAI.
"Where is your nation located?
The Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve is situated on Odawa Mnis, now known as Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada. We are in the middle of Lake Huron, historically known as the Odawa Lake, and we are the largest freshwater island in the world. 
Where was your nation originally from?
From time immemorial, the Odawa Nation controlled Lake Huron and all the waterways flowing from it. The original territory stretched from the Ottawa River through to Michigan. Our island, Odawa Mnis, has always been the spiritual and political center of our nation. Some of Canada’s earliest explorers and the Jesuit missionaries from the early 1600s documented in detail our occupation, interaction in leadership positions with others, and jurisdiction of this territory."

To view the full interviewclick here.

Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve's website.
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