Introduction and Purpose of History
The Lac du Bonnet and District Historical Society has been undertaking several important new initiatives in the past several years. The most visible one is the development of a museum building from an old log cabin. This cabin is now located near the bridge close to the junction of PTH 11 and PR 502.
The importance of recording and preserving our past is critical if we wish to pass on our knowledge and history in the Lac du Bonnet area to those that will take our place in the future. This legacy of knowledge and history is our gift of today to the future.
Mythology, Stories and History
In almost every society since the beginning of recorded history, the story of people usually begins with some type of mythology to explain who we are today, where we came from, where we are expect to go in the future. This means that most cultures are based on some initial mythology.
Mythology plays an important part in native cultures as well as other religions and cultures. Western society is taught a considerable amount about Greek creation mythology but other cultures have had influence as well. Myths are one of the most well-known traditions of native cultures but it is not unique; every society has its own form of mythology. Much of the natural world was a mystery to our early ancestors. In creating and sharing these myths, early cultures and peoples were able to explain natural occurrences such as weather-related events, as well as their own beginnings. Our society, for example, has a myth or superstition about four leaf clovers. We are still debating the origin of man. Was man created by an act of God or did we evolve from some ancestral being?
The myths of all cultures show how unique their beliefs, religions and languages can be, and how nature plays a part in many of these aspects. They also show how they are also similar to our own. It is our responsibility to respect them regardless of our own beliefs.
Song, Music and Dance
Storytelling was essential for the transmittal historical information in cultures with only an oral language. Storytelling included songs, music, poetry and dance as a way to connect societal members and illustrate their history.
A short video of a traditional hoop dancer can be viewed here.
Traditional Anishinaabe Hoop Dance #1 https://youtu.be/Zvdw3usFV_M
Dance #2 https://youtu.be/T6AtWkrPOoc
In addition to being a teaching method, these stories became methods of entertainment for the local cultures. Hero myths and folklore were other forms of storytelling that saw seemingly ordinary men given superhero powers and gave local individuals a sense of pride within their people.
Storytelling an Important Legacy
Storytelling is an important method for all cultures to pass down their history in both written and oral traditions to the following generations. Storytelling can also be seen as the seeds from which entertainers, teachers, and historians grew. Through storytelling, all early cultures shared, preserved and paid tribute to their early beginnings, so future generations could continue their legacy.
By sharing ones traditions and language, all cultures can offer an inside glimpse into their beliefs. With so many viewpoints and creative ideals from the various cultures, the unique facets of these people are shared and explored by listening to their stories. A recorded history offers an opportunity for the culture of early settlers in our community to be preserved, while educating others in our community on the very lives of first people in our community.
This education will provide insight into our rich heritage in Lac du Bonnet. By exploring these stories, we are able to have a glimpse into the past, while carrying those ideals, thoughts and beliefs of a community and nation into the future for younger generations to explore.
Local history is always fascinating. We can be intrigued by the fact that that Lac du Bonnet is a relative newcomer in the settlement of Manitoba. However, the Lac du Bonnet area has a rich history that reaches back before the establishment of the area. We have a wide diversity of people who came to settle in our community and give of themselves for the good of the community and the future.
Being aware of our roots gives us a foundation on which to build. The events and people who came before us adds to the richness of today in many ways. Local street names, for example, are often taken from the names of prominent local figures. Learning about those people lends depth to the character of the community and this depth is worth preserving.
We hope the significance of this website will be appreciated in the context of telling our story. It is our sincere desire that we will be able to preserve some of our local history, while we are working in the present time for our community now and into the future.
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