September 21 – December 1, 2019

Wigwam Chi-Chemung (Big House Canoe) is a floating art installation and Indigenous interpretive learning centre byElder Dr. Duke Redbird. Docked at the Marina, Wigwam Chi-Chemung tells the story of Indigenous presence on Toronto’s waterfront. The forty-foot pontoon houseboat has been covered with artwork by Redbird and Philip Cote, a painter and muralist from Moose Deer Point First Nation.  

Partners in Wigwam Chi-Chemung include Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Place Corporation, Myseum of Toronto, SummerWorks Performance Festival, and Young People’s Theatre (YPT).

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Elder Duke Redbird (born in 1939, Saugeen First Nation, Canada; lives in Toronto, Canada) is a pillar of First Nations literature in Canada and is an Elder, poet, activist, educator and artist. He occupies the position of Elder at the following organizations: the Myseum of Toronto; the Toronto Biennial; Summer Works; and the Toronto Arts Council’s Banff Leaders Lab. In 2020, Duke was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Toronto-based performing arts organization JAYU to recognize his artistic influence on human rights.

Exhibition Site

Ontario Place - Marina

Designed by Eberhard Zeidler, the futuristic campus was built across an artificial archipelago in Lake Ontario, south of Exhibition Place. After a partial closure of the park in 2012, Ontario Place reopened in 2017 as a public space that brings together recreation, leisure, and cultural programming. The marina, which is woven through the archipelago, remains a lively site along the waterfront.

955 Lake Shore Blvd W
Toronto ON
M6K 3B9