Anishinaabe Edinokiiwad (Where the Indians work)
The Mary Murray Culture Camp was the vision of a tribal elder, the late Mary Murray, who saw the need for “a place where little brown faces can learn about who they are as Indian children and where they can learn about their culture to become proud of their native heritage,” she said. To that end, in 1975 she donated the 40 acres on Sugar Island where the camp sits with the stipulation it be used to provide a place to maintain and preserve the tribe’s traditional way of life. [photo of Mary Murray]
The Mary Murray Cultural Camp provides cultural activities for the Sault Tribe community and its members. The 2015 Camp Schedule shows the variety and of activities offered, inlcuding camps for winter survival, sugar bush, lodge teachings and smoked fish; workshops to make moccasin, baskets and moose hide mittens; and field trips such as sweetgrass, birch bark, and medicine picking. Ideas and suggestions for future camps are always welcome.
Camp staff is available for Anishinaabe cultural awareness workshops and activities at local schools, programs and organizations.
The culture camp also provides a venue for tribal programs and community organizations to host their own retreats. Some of the retreats held in the past include fasting camp, language immersion, International Scholars, women’s wellness, cultural sensitivity and Protectors of the Earth.
For the tribal community and families, the culture camp has hosted many ceremonies and gatherings such as feasts, sweat lodges, elder gatherings, nature trail tours and powwow accommodations.
Please contact Jackie Minton, Cultural Buildings Coordinator at 906-635-6050 ext. 26144 or Linda Grossett Assistant Camp Coordinator at 906-635-6050 ext. 26041 for all MMCC information and programming.