Category: Culture

Anishinaabe Edinokiiwad (Where the Indians work)

Mary Murray
Mary Murray
Cultural CampThe MMCC Lodge

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.

The Mary Murray Cultural Camp provides cultural activities for the Sault Tribe community and its members. There are a variety of activities offered, including camps for winter survival, sugar bush, lodge teachings and smoked fish; workshops to make moccasins, 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 our Cultural Division at 906‑635‑6050 for all Mary Murray Cultural Camp information and programming. Randy Menard, in charge of camp maintenance, can be reached at 906‑203‑4004.