Arts & Theatre
Get Cultured: Arts & Theatre
Our Story. Through Our Lens.
Wiikwemkoong is an eclectic community with a a vibrant culture. If you’re into the arts, theatre or special events, there’s always something new to discover!
Wiikwemkoong Tourism Gift Shop
The Wiikwemkoong Tourism Gift Shop is centrally located at the Tourist Information Center. Browse the shop for handcrafted items including: jewelry, moccasins, birch bark canoes/teepees and art work from emerging and world renowned Artists.
Debajehmujig Theatre Group
De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group – Mandate – De-ba-jeh-mu-jig (Storytellers in Cree and Ojibway) Theatre Group is a professional community based non-profit organization dedicated to the vitalization of the Anishnaabeg Culture, Language and Heritage, through education and the sharing of original creative expression with Native and Non-Native people.
The group was found by renowned artist, musician, director, actor, producer, filmmaker Doctor Shirley Cheechoo in 1984. It was developed to provide a forum for Aboriginal youth to see their own lives, and their own stories on stage in a way that just was not accessible in mainstream society.
De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group is one of the longest running Aboriginal Theatres in Canada, and the only Aboriginal Theatre operating on a reserve. The company has recently constructed a 125-seat theatre on Manitoulin Island, making the company the first and only Aboriginal company in Canada to own and operate their own space. Currently the company is made up of 16 full time students and employees, as well as 6 Board Members, and many volunteers.
The Creation Centre houses, a 125 seat black box studio, Training centre for the National Aboriginal Arts Animator Program, a national program open to Aboriginal Youth who have shown a dedication towards a career in the arts and has a yearly enrolment with as many as 12 students. They receive on-the-job training experience taking them to remote northern communities across the country as well as showcasing opportunities at both National and International levels.
Over the past few years Debajehmujig Creation Centre has also been developing its digital media services for internal benefit and for external contracts, and providing delivery of its productions and workshops in a digital medium as well as live performance.
In addition, a state of the art recording studio. We offer services in track recording, both music and film post production, production and sound design, in studio video and promotional productions, radio commercial and jingle services, and also give the option for field recording. We offer services in music recording projects and can assist groups or individuals looking to write and submit grants for demo and full album recordings. Our space comes with all required personnel including in house audio engineering. However, we are also open for dry hire for your projects, all at competitive pricing.
Furthermore, the Visual Arts department has recently be revitalized and has been preparing for gallery exhibits for local artists and touring artworks to be presented within the gallery at the Creation Centre, as well as instructional lead.
De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group also offers an annual summer mainstage production that can employ as much as 50 people depending on the size and needs of the production. July productions occur with the Creation Centre and August productions occur within the historical Wiikwemkoong Ruins.
The Outreach Program delivers training and creates custom shows that specialize in the themes and needs of various presenters. They have been developing custom shows for the past 23 years.
For more information visit www.debaj.ca
James Simon Mishibinijima
Internationally renowned MISHIBINIJIMA paints native culture and heritage on canvas which many publishing’s followed over his forty years of being a full time artist. The serious art collector will find this art style very elegant and very fortunate to own.
Throughout forty years it’s been said:
It’s nothing but the best area of Native American Contemporary Art.