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New festival brings back old traditionsSubmitted: 09/20/2019
Story By Maya Reese

New festival brings back old traditions
CRANDON - The Ojibwe people want to share their culture with the people of Wisconsin.

Members of the tribe made many contributions to society.

A new festival in the Northwoods teaches some old traditions.

Gary Lang combined his passion of acting with his love of history.

Lang and his wife Lori have learned many lessons while reenacting the late Elizabethan era to mid-1820s.

"The opportunity to interact with the natives, the Ojibwe nation, it makes a complete circle of why we're here because without the Ojibwe we would not have the trading partners we did," said Lang.

This Ojibwe Rendezvous event has taught Lang the importance of the Ojibwe people in Wisconsin.

"We didn't know how to trap, we didn't know how to hunt. They taught us how to do this. We owe them a lot. The eastern tribes, we owe them a lot," said Lang.

The Ojibwe Rendezvous has activities that can interest anyone, ranging from fur trading to growing crops.

"We want them to join our hobby and enjoy what we do. Whether it be playing musical instruments, whether it be building muzzle loaders, whether its learning how to build a primitive bow, how to cook in the outdoors - a lot of lost trades," said Lang.

The inaugural festival teaches outdoor activities such as archery and muzzle loading shotguns.

Kimberlee Soldier helped organize the event with a particular mindset.

"We wanted to share the different things that folks did then versus what they do now. Bring some of our culture and our heritage back from native and non-native," said Soldier.

Soldier emphasized the importance of the maintaining traditions.

"To never forget our culture. To never forget our heritage and to continue to grow those minds of all of the ages of folks that are going to come here and check things out and participate," said Soldier.


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