Legend of the Giants Tomb and Kitchekewana
This legend- that you read from the link – is a very intergral part of the
Georgian Bay Area, where I live .
It is both a Sacred and Social location .
I look out right into Giants Tomb Island — you can see the photo of the
artist Clayton Samuel King- a local Ojibway Resident who has done this
painting of Ketchikewana lying on the ground , against the most famous and
gorgeous of the Georgian Bay Sunset , that this area is known for .
Clayton is a well known artist and a Pow Wow Dancer in my community , and I
took this photo at the local Pow wow .
The Island – is his body- that the birds and animals covered with rocks and
tree branches and soil .
You can clearly see the Head, Neck, Chest Abdomen and Legs on the outline
of the island .
I have seen this island in all its sunsets , sunrises, seasons, storms,
tornados, colors and glory that are mostly breathtakingly beautiful and
sometimes fearful, when a storm, blizzard is roaring towards me .– like the
one I experienced on the 4th of April this year .
The most thrilling — is to see lightening in the night over the island –
when I turn off all the lights, sit in my cozy dark home, and watch the
Light Show !
You can see the Island in the Sun- sunrise and sunset, rainbow over it,
glorious fall colors , the most ethereal being the sight of Giants Tomb on
the Partial Solar Eclipse Day- last year – aug 21 .
It was sooooo eeeerie …. and the water was sooo quiet and calm … it
was truly a moment with The Great Spirit ….
During the summer it attracts many boaters for day trips, weekends etc .
80% of the island is owned by Awenda park — Ontario Provincial Park —
that is near my home , where I sometimes volunteer for many projects- bird
calls , butterflies count day , and share my photos with the park Naturalist
who uses them for teaching purposes .
Last year, I had a park summer student who billeted with me for months of
July and Aug .
The other 20% of the island is privately owned .
There is a lovely monument made to Honor Kitchekewana in my small town of
Penetanguishene , on a waterfront park ., as you can see in two photos .
It is a place of Honor in my community .
Though I have lived in front of Kitchikawana and looked at his Sacred
Being for the past 30 yrs, it was only two yrs ago that I had actual chance
to visit the island, and I was sooo happy that finally I made it there after
looking at for 28 yrs !
So, I did a simple “Home Coming Ceremony ” on the shores- you can see my
Drum – the design painted is Sunset on Giants Tomb- a photo I took some 13
yrs ago , and my native friend made the drum and painted it for me .
In the photo is my drum, drum bag with a Pacific Coast Salish motif with
buttons – a traditional Pacific Coast form of Art ( Raven Steals The
Light ) , small birch bark/ Sweetgrass / porcupine quill and bead Medicine
box containing Sacred Tobacco, Cedar, Sweetgrass , Sage, that is used in
All First Nations Ceremonies .
The Pauva Shell- is used to burn the Medicines- its Smoke goes Up. Up. Up.
to The Great Spirit .
The Sweetgrass Ring- I made it using the Sweetgrass I grow at home with
Medicine Bundles tied to it , and it was later hung on an Oak tree in the
Ketchikawana— is my constant companion in this life, and perhaps in the
Blessings to All– and I hope you enjoyed reading about my Friend-