• 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

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Shingwauk and the Vision

This song is based on a passage from a book written by a German adventurer Johann Georg Kohl. The book was published in 1859 and was called Kitchi-Kami: Wanderings Round Lake Superior.

 

Kohl tells how Shingwauk's stepfather treated him harshly and how his mother "often left him to starve and freeze in a wretched state."

 

It was during one of these lonely experiences that Shingwauk "fell into a state of half-dreaming and half-waking" and had the vision that we hear about in the song.

 

Chief Shingwauk, Courtesy Shingwauk Residential School Centre