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Tom Chisel revives Midewiwin ceremony, once widespread among Ojibwe


After being dormant for more than 60 years, the Midewiwin ceremony is being revived in Obishikokaang (Lac Seul First Nation), in northwestern Ontario.

A group of practitioners, commonly referred to as Mide, have built a Midewiwin lodge and separate teaching lodge.

"'When you build that lodge, the people will come, when they know it's here'", says Tom Chisel, a Lac Seul elder, explaining the message given to him from his mentor almost two decades ago.


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