• Voices from the Gathering PlaceSault Ste. Marie: 1622 - 1870

Die Stromschnellen von St Marie (The Rapids Of St Mary), Frank Buchser, 1868

By kind permission of the Kunsthaus Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

This website was created by teacher Peter White for the Algoma District School Board

From song to poem to song


This is a song created by Wa-bo-jeeg and sung with his warriors.


Wa-bo-jeeg's son-in-law, John Johnston, translated the song from Anishnaabe into English with rhyming couplets (the last word in each group of two lines rhyme).


The melody that Wa-bo-jeeg created in the late 1700s has not survived.


When Peter White read John Johnston's translation of Wa-bo-jeeg's song in 2010 he was inspired to create the music you hear in the video.


Have you ever had your imagination inspired by the stories of or events happening to people today or in earlier times? How could you creatively show the feeling of Wa-bo-jeeg's song? A picture? A script? A play? A dance? A film?


To the left is a photo of the war club that belonged  to Chief Shingwaukonse of Garden River. The club is now on display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.


War club attributed to Shingwaukonse. Image courtesy  of the Royal Ontario Museum