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.
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.
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.
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.
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.