Anishnawbe Keeshigun equals a full day of fun at Fort William Historical Park

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firing off the cannon
Firing off the cannons in welcome of the First Nations guests arrival. Lynda Henshell -photo

THUNDER BAY – It was a full day of fun at Fort William Historical Park. Photographer Lynda Henshell captured the sights for NetNewsledger.com.

Anishnawbe Keeshigun was hosted at FWHP on Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 8th 2012. This colourful festival highlights all aspects of First Nations culture with traditional drumming, singing, and dancing, plus special demonstrations as well as art and craft displays and sales.

Gull Bay Princess Dawn Currie
Gull Bay Princess Dawn Currie dancing. Lynda Henshell – photo

Visitors will savour samplings of Aboriginal foods including Bakwezhigan (bannock), wild rice, strawberry drink, and smoked fish as well as corn on the cob available at select times while quantities last.

Fort William Historical Park
(left) Jr. Princess Mariah Nodin with young dancer Lenayha Shapwaykeesic- Dupuis. Lynda Henshell – photo

Visitors can roll up their sleeves and get involved in the bannock competition, try their hand at archery, or embark upon a canoe ride. Children can win prizes in various games and contests including baggataway, an accuracy challenge firing a leather ball, and the spear hunting challenge.

Maxine Mishne
Maxine Mishne from Mishkeegogamang First Nation works on a pair of winter baby booties while watching over a hunting display. Lynda Henshell – photo

Special demonstrations include hide tanning, drum making, woodcarving, moccasin making and beadwork, snowshoe weaving, birch bark basket making, and skinning. Local and regional crafters and artists will also have their works on display.

Elder Beatrice Macedo
Dancer and elder Beatrice Macedo sits while waiting for the opening dance Lynda Henshell – photo
Ontario Chief Stan Beardy
Newly elected Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy with young leader Brayden Pelltier (right) say a few inspirational words and welcome everyone to Fort William Historical Park – Lynda Henshell photo

Lynda Henshell is a local photographer who graduated in 2002 with a Television Broadcasting Diploma from Confederation College, and followed that by studying photojournalism at Loyalist College in 2009. She has worked for Lifetouch Photography, CPI Photography, Dougall Media, CTV, The CBC, and Shaw Community Cable.

Recently Lynda was working in Thunder Bay with the Canadian Red Cross in the Flood Recovery effort.

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