Spirited Manitoulin Island

“Manitoulin means spirit island in Anishinaabemowin (the Ojibwe language). The island is considered sacred by the Native Anishinaabe people, who call themselves the “People of the Three Fires.” They are generally known as the Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi tribes.”

I have been visiting Manitoulin Island, the jewel of northern Ontario, for more than fifteen years now. Every time I visit this magical place, I come away feeling an overwhelming sense of peace and energy. Many people are not aware that Manitoulin Island is the largest island surrounded by fresh water in the world – it’s a quiet place with many rivers flowing through it and, the most scenic view of the North Channel is from the rocky Cup and Saucer trail. Every August long week-end, the First Nations reserve of Wikwemikong hosts a Pow-Wow. It’s a spectacular display of multi-coloured tribal dress, drum beating to mimic Mother Earth’s heart beat,ceremonial dancing, local crafts, a Sweat Lodge and traditional foods. The beach at Providence Bay, cools down the spirit as the sun, bright,bold and orange disappears behind the horizon.

© 2011 Ann Ivy Male

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