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The Passing of a Northwoods Icon: Nick HockingsSubmitted: 12/10/2012

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LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Nick Hockings loved to dance. He was a member of A Call For Peace, a multicultural dance company, and he started the Waswagoning Dance Theatre in Lac du Flambeau.

He performed around the world, and danced for Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome. His greatest goal before he passed was to dance in India. He and his daughter Nicole Larson had been invited by members of the Sikh community.

Nick passed away of lung cancer the first day of December 2012, but the lessons he taught will live long past that day.

Nick stood for protecting mother earth and honoring heritage. He won Emmy's for Waassa Inaabidaa (We Look in All Directions), an Ojibwe documentary aired on PBS. He traveled to schools and taught Ojibwe culture hands-on to countless students, but he also welcomed them to experience traditional native culture in a way most will never see.

Waswagoning is a replica of a 17th century Ojibwe village. It's a nationally recognized historical site, and it stands in Lac du Flambeau thanks to Nick Hockings.

Nick said, there is one race; the human race.

For the lessons he taught, and the lives he touched, Miigwetch.


Story By: Kailey Burton

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