The Day In The Life Exhibit was made possible by the Schingoethe Center of Aurora University (and their Executive Director Meg Bero), who connected us with Nick Hockings*, an Ojibwe Indian from Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, and the St. Charles Park District who provided the space in Pottawatomie Park, as well as staff assistance in creating the Exhibit.
For Ēkwabet’s 20th Birthday Celebration, Mr. Hockings built structures and tools in Pottawatomie Park that would have been in a traditional 18th century Ojibwe Village.
The Exhibit was at the southern end of the Park, immediately north of the railroad bridge from May 13 – May 17, 2008. Schingoethe Center Docents were available for tours from 10 until 6, on Saturday, May 17th, 2008.
*Hockings (now deceased) was a Lac du Flambeau Ojibwa traditional dancer, drum chief, pipe carrier and singer at the Big Drum. His Ojibwa name is Bin-Dee-Gay Geeshik (Enter the Sky), and he taught Ojibwa culture in schools throughout Wisconsin and nearby states. He founded the Ojibwa Cultural Village located on the Lac du Flambeau reservation in Northern Wisconsin and was the founder and choreographer of the Waswagoning Dance Theatre of Lac du Flambeau. Hockings served on the Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education and was the lead Native American male dance with Call for Peace Drum & Dance Company.