In July 2009, eleven Great Lakes Ojibwe tribes celebrated the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission. The festivities included exhibits showing the work of the commission, a Pipe & Drum ceremony, a community Fish Boil, a recognition ceremony, and a special performance of the Big Top band with guest artist Bill Miller, a Mohican Indian originally from Wisconsin.
Both the Fish Boil and the Concert were "free" events, courtesy of the Wildlife Commission.
Hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of pounds of fresh Lake Superior Lake Trout were served, mouth-watering, steamy hot, and flaky. The best fish boil we have ever tasted, regardless of price. Side dishes of boiled baby red potatoes, cole slaw, and fresh fruit nicely rounded out the excellent meal. After the meal all were offered pieces of the 25th anniversary cake.
*Some incorrectly spell the famous tent show " Big Top Chatauqua" - as it is pronounced "sha-ta-qwa"
25th Anniversary Exhibits & Ceremony
The Big Top Show
The Blue Canvas Orchestra performed several pop and jazz favorites while images of Bayfield and Ojibwe history played on the screen. Below left Phil Anich and Jack Gunderson handle vocals, while Cheryl Leah (in the background) waits her turn to join in. > > >
Bill Miller was the featured performing artist. A Mohican from Northern Wisconsin, Miller is a multi-talented musician (guitar and flute), singer, songwriter, painter, and social activist for Indian causes.
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