Annual Ojibwe language camp has almost 700 campers

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Almost 700 register campers attended the 4th Annual Ambe Ojibwemodaa language camp held June 21 – 24 at the Kiwenz campground on the north shore of Big Lake in Sawyer, Minnesota. One camper came from as far away as New Zealand to attend. For the st­ory, see Fond Du Lac Follies on page 12.

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Top:Six year old Kerah, daughter of Stephanie Thompson, makes her first birch bark basket.

Middle:?Arne Vainio, MD (Mille Lacs Band), along with fluent Ojibwemowin speaker Ted Atiste (Lac la Croix tribal member) teaches the children "Mad Science." Ted translated Arne’s English into Ojibwe throughout the experiments.

Bottom right:Fond du Lac tribal council member Wally Dupuis and his wife sit with Camp Coordinators Jim and Pat Northrup during the Canoe Races.

Bottom left: Contestants in the Paddle Canoe Contest.

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Top  left: Sigwan Rendon, Jacob Vainio, Arne Vainio and Scott McDaniel play a game of Ojibwe Jenga.

Bottom left: Jim Northrup demonstrates how to make birch bark baskets.

Above:Loretta Ottertail

(Lac la Croix tribal member), fluent speaker and teacher

at the camp, sings a hand drum song honoring women during the talent show.

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