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The Great Spirit Circle Trail

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Ontario’s Manitoulin Island gets its name from an Odawa word for “spirit”—archaeologists believe humans may have settled here as early as 10,000 B.C.E. Anishinaabe history here is long and the culture is thriving today—some 40 percent of the island’s population is Indigenous. Here are some of the highlights of this bucolic and fascinating corner of Canada.
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Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Commune with nature as you paddle through the crystalline waters of Lake Huron that surround Ontario’s Manitoulin Island, known as “Spirit Island” to the Anishinaabe people. Following the routes of their ancestors, Indigenous...
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While most First Nation people today live in modern houses or apartments, some erect teepees in the wilderness on occasion to experience the lifestyle of their ancestors or reconnect with the land. Teepee stylings are passed down through family...
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Lake Ontario
The people of the Sagamok region on the north shore of Lake Ontario referred to the drum as “the heartbeat of Mother Earth.” Made from a wooden frame and deer hide, this ancient musical instrument connected them to her, and was...
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15, Old Highway 551 Rd, M'Chigeeng, ON P0P 1G0, Canada
Weave a basket, assemble a dream catcher, create porcupine art, taste local, plant-based fare, and dance at a pow-wow under the tutelage of Indigenous Elders at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Hosting festivals,...
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Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
For Indigenous people across Canada, the earth’s bounty was integral to every aspect of their lives. Immersed in the Great Spirit Circle Trail on Manitoulin Island, visitors can join local Anishinaabe teachers on guided walks that take them...