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125-year-old Canoe Restored, On DisplaySubmitted: 11/12/2012

Ben Meyer
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bmeyer@wjfw.com

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MOLE LAKE - A restored birchbark canoe on display in Mole Lake symbolizes the tribe's long history.

The restoration work on this 125-year-old canoe just finished. It had been in poor shape, resting a Chicago man's home for decades.

"He wanted to have the canoe restored, and have that very same Woodland Indian Ojibwe birchbark canoe returned back home to its original area," Sokaogon-Chippewa Public Relations Director Richard Ackley said.

The canoe will be on display in the Ojibwe community in Mole Lake for the next six months.

It will also make trips around the Northwoods for others to see.

The canoe is just part of keeping the story of the Ojibwe alive.

"Anything that we can have in our history that is preserved and is saved for the future is very important and very critical and very important to have preserved," Ackley said.

The canoe is on display at Mole Lake Casino.

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