SCUGOG: Last Thursday, October 4th, 2018, Don Kett donated to the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) historical Ojibway leggings, dating back to approximately the mid 1800’s.
Don said, “As soon as I saw these artifacts I knew they had to come home to the Anishinabe community for everyone to enjoy for generations.”
Dave Mowat, Consultation Lands and Membership Supervisor for the MSIFN said “I’d like to thank Don Kett for this beautiful gift. They will be protected and proudly displayed here at Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. These leggings, with intricate floral designs made with beads, were worn by the women of the Obijway tribe during ceremony and simply to keep warm and to protect the legs in colder months. We hope that they will be viewed and enjoyed by the people of Port Perry and visitors to our community.”
Chief Kelly LaRocca added, “I want to give a sincere thank you to Don for gifting the First Nation with the traditional handmade leggings – such a beautiful piece of our cultural history. Such items are parts of our ancestors that are a point of pride and custom. As Anishinabe, Ojibway, people we take care in returning such items to places where they will be cared for and respected. Miigwech Don for your gift to our community.”