We had a break in the clouds yesterday afternoon and had a chance to explore the amazing countryside around Emo. After a leisurely morning we drove back out to the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung National Historic Site of Canada, otherwise known as the Manitou Mounds. They have a wonderful interpretive center there, and it was both fascinating and sad to read about the site's history and the legacy of broken treaties and hurtful practices by white settlers to the region. After walking through the museum we took a tour of the extensive grounds. Our guide, Dan, a local member of the Ojibwe First Nation, drove us around, sharing both his personal history and experiences as a status Indian in bi-national tribe, what he has learned from
Elders about regaining the land and restoring the mounds and recent archeological work done in the area. I am so glad we stopped and visited. The land was beautiful and it is always awe inspiring to see evidence of the long-history of people in the region. To stand in front of a burial mound over 3,000 years old and think of the different lives led by the people who once walked the landscape. It was also fascinating to see other parts of the grounds where they have been restoring the forest that was cultivated by the indigenous peoples there. If you are ever in this area, I highly recommend visiting.
|Aay and Kittens|
|Opa and Kitten|
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After a quick stop to visit the kittens we picked up our passports for quick jaunt over the border to eat at the Thunderbird Lodge, one of the many inns on the American side of the border. Dinner was wonderful and the view amazing. The high-water levels don't seem to be affecting tourism over much, despite some closed roads at the Voyageurs National Park across the road.