Omushkigo Elder, Pennishish, was born in a wilderness camp in Ontario’s Far North. He grew up in a World of traditional hunting and fishing, listening to the stories of his Elders. Concerned for the heritage owed to future generations, Pennishish began to record the voices of those who had lived the old ways.

The work has continued to grow and now forms the basis of the Omushkigo Oral History Project, aimed at ensuring that Omushkigo history is published in the Omushkigo language in written form.

Pennishish describes the stories he tells as “textbooks,” encompassing a complete system of ethics, a fullness of spiritual belief: everything required for successful livng in a harsh land.