2017-08-26 / News

Canoe Building Is Underway at St. Ignace


At right: Howard Kimewon crouches in the frame of a canoe he will build. Those interested in hearing the spoken language of Ojibwe and would like to see or help in the construction of a birch bark canoe are invited to stop by the Mulcrone Car Wash beginning Saturday, August 12, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. There will be signs out when he is present. At right: Howard Kimewon crouches in the frame of a canoe he will build. Those interested in hearing the spoken language of Ojibwe and would like to see or help in the construction of a birch bark canoe are invited to stop by the Mulcrone Car Wash beginning Saturday, August 12, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. There will be signs out when he is present. Fort de Buade Museum in St. Ignace is sponsoring the construction of two birch bark canoes.

The framing work is taking place beforehand at the Mulcrone Car Wash, in the empty bay. The public is invited to observe and participate in the process beginning Saturday, August 12, at the car wash.

Native American scholar from the University of Michigan Howard Kimewon will do the building and be speaking in the language of Ojibwe and some English during the sessions. Those who want to help can work on bending and attaching the ribs of the canoe. The canoe will be on display at the museum in the future, and one will be displayed on Mackinac Island, as well.

Mr. Kimewon is a lecturer on the Native American language.

“For me, my language comes from my heart, not a computer or magazine,” Mr. Kimewon said. He will be at the car wash through the end of September, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Come as you are,” he said.

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