The Museum has committed to updating its Indigenous Exhibit and providing space for the stories of local Indigenous people for visitors to read. We have added information about the Baye and Whiteduck families who are familiar to many visitors from the local area. Baskets, boats, tools and hunting implements are among the items made by these two families and featured in the Exhibit. General information about the Anishinaabe is included for visitors to learn more about their history in this area. A place for visitors to contribute information to build our knowledge is part of the Exhibit. Future plans include further development of the educational aspect of the Exhibit.
Joe Baye and Joe Whiteduck were both well known in their communities. Joe Baye, of Taylor Lake, was a skilled builder as well as hunter and trapper. He supplied his neighbours with many handcrafted items that they preserved and donated to the Museum’s collection. Joe Whiteduck’s family, of Joe’s Lake, were skilled basket makers and sold many beautiful baskets to people in the area. The Museum has examples of these intricately detailed artifacts.
Visitors enjoy learning more about these families and viewing the artistry of the artifacts on display.
This journal is written, researched, and maintained by the volunteers of the Middleville Museum.