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.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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