Image: Photograph of Art Hunter and various members of the Kiinawin Kawindomowin Story Nations project on the bank of the Rainy River. Annie Heckman, 2019.
ONE DIARY, MANY STORIES:
VIDEOS, MAPS, ESSAYS, ART
For stories about the land, water, and spirits of Manidoo Ziibi told through maps, student initiated research, and the people who call the river their home, watch the digital stories, visit the map gallery, read the collected essays, and see the local artwork shared below.
Du Vernet’s diary tells many stories about the people and places of the Rainy River, filtered through his missionary interests. The Ojibwe have long had their own stories of the river, and we share videos from storytellers we have met on our many visits to the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre, including oral history specialist, Art Hunter, Elder Willie Wilson, as well as stories from those who have recently visited.
The map gallery currently includes fourteen historical and present-day maps of the land and water of Treaty 3 territory visited by Frederick Du Vernet. With the Mirador Image Viewer, you can zoom into each image to take a closer look at how the area has appeared in maps over time.
For more information about the Rainy River’s ecology, read our student essays. These essays are written by undergraduates involved in the Kiinawin Kawindomowin Story Nations project who draw on their visits to Manidoo Ziibi as well as scholarly research on the area to inform their writing. Topics include: the Rainy River as a national border, the land and water as primary sites for resource extraction, and the history of Treaty 3.
Storytelling takes many forms. Click here to see more stories about Manidoo Ziibi through the eyes visual artists, both Ojibwe and visitors to Treaty 3 territory.