Ojibway Feast of the Dead, St. Ignace, Michigan

This image shows a small ceremony for the dead as performed by Ojibway Indians in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The more common Westernized form of the tribal name is Chippewa.

Pub. by the Hiawatha Card Co., P.O. Box 56, Ypsilanti, Mich.

The description states:

BURIAL HOUSE — FEAST OF THE DEAD

A memorial custom of the original Ojibway People, re-enacted annually by Chief White Wolf and family. Totem Village, 11 miles west of St. Ignace, Michigan.

 

— As noted here, Chief White Wolf was a woodcarver named Ralph McCarry of European descent who invited the local Ojibway people to contribute to the re-enactments. The Totem Village was established in the 1950s still exists as a museum after his untimely death at 56 in 1962.

This card likely dates from the 1950s.

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