Wampum Belt Information Session
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 ~ 9:30 – 4:30 ~ Renfrew > Days Inn
In the spirit of Reconciliation, we are partnering with the Ottawa Community of the Algonquins of Ontario to bring you an interactive, hands-on information session about a unique collection of wampum belts that have a connection to Anishinabe History. The session will be facilitated by Brian Charles, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. Born in Toronto, Brian currently resides along the northwest shore of Lake Simcoe in Hawkestone, ON.
The collection ~ an assortment of reconstructed life-sized wampum belts ~ is a result of a collective research and commemoration project that honours the ancestors of the Chippewas of Lakes Huron and Simcoe that served in the War of 1812 as allies to the Crown. Though we may have been taught that wampum belts were only for the Iroquois, they were also made by the Algonquin Anishinabe as reminders of promises made. The collection represents actual belts that were created over several centuries, each to preserve the history of agreements among First Nations, and between First nations and Europeans. This is your opportunity to view his incredible collection of recreated wampum belts of Iroquoian and Anishinabe origin, so that next time you pick up a wampum bead, you will have a new appreciation for its meaning in a cultural context.
Aimee Bailey, Spokesperson, The Circle of Turtle Lodge ~
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