Native Americans have occupied the islands and surrounding area for thousands of years. Certainly, their creation stories put them here for as long as humans have existed.
The Ojibwemowin audio you are hearing is provided by Ranger Damon. Damon Gezhiibideg Panek is an enrolled member of the Mississippi Band of White Earth Ojibwe and a Park Ranger at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. He serves as the park’s Ojibwe Cultural Specialist where he works to integrate Ojibwe culture, history, and language into education and interpretation curriculum.
Before Gezhiibideg’s family “relocated” to White Earth in the 1860’s, they lived on Madeline Island and in the surrounding area. He currently lives on the Red Cliff Reservation with his family.
There are many great resources to learn more about the history and culture of the Ojibwe people, both around the Apostle Islands, as well as throughout the greater Lake Superior region. The Red Cliff and Bad River Bands each host a summer Pow Wow, which are open to the public, as well as other events throughout the year.
Last updated: June 25, 2021