Omàmiwinini Pimàdjwowin (OP)
The Manido Chiman Collections is currently stewarded by Omàmiwinini Pimàdjwowin (OP) on behalf of the Algonquin of Pikwakanagan. We maintain the collection as a non-for-profit corporation and a registered charity. The collection is a ‘living collection’ as many of the objects are of ceremonial and cultural significance. Our collection’s responsibility is preservation, public access, research, and public interpretation. We develop and collect, while encouraging access to the public, scholars and staff through the management of the collection.
About the Manido Chiman (Spirit Canoe) Collection:
The Manido Chiman Collection consists of approximately 600 objects, ranging from ceremonial, hunting and trapping, canoe and water transportation, to military paraphernalia. Some notable cultural objects include tourist items carved by Pudgy’s Trail, canoes made by local families, Wendy Jocko’s military donation, world war I medals, dance regalia, archaeological stone tools, archival photos and newspaper clippings, and information on local indigenous medicines.
The exhibit follows the circular timeline of the Anishinabe Seven Fires Prophecy. Visitors learn the history of the Algonquin people from the first fire up until today. It is our goal to provide visitor with as much educational information as possible about the Algonquin people, to increase awareness of our history.
In 2010, Ontario Power Generation generously provided funds to purchase new exhibit cases for the collection. At the same time, through funding from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the collection underwent a major conservation project to ensure the health and preservation of the cultural objects. A special thank you goes out the Jill Closter and Pearl Cameron for their assistance in conserving the collection.
Our gift shop showcases the arts and crafts of community members, such as hand made moccasins, pouches, soap stone carvings, candles and ribbon shirts. We also provide a craft supplies discount to members of our organization.
Board of Directors (Effective October 29, 2011 for 1 year)
Ronald L Bernard Director / President
Sherrylyn Sarazin Director / Vice-President
Norma Bailey Director / Secretary
Vacancy Available Director / Treasurer
Michele Gaudry Director / Algonquin Language Teacher
Della Meness Director
Donald Bilodeau Director
Hours of Museum/ Exhibit Operation:
Monday to Friday
10:00am – 4:00pm
*Call during the summer to see if we will be open on Saturdays, pending on summer staff and volunteers.
Algonquin Way Cultural Centre
1674 Mishomis Inamo
Pikwakanagan, Golden Lake ON