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Photo of La Pointe Indian Cemetery
This is what the sign reads: Established about 1836 as part of a Roman Catholic mission under the guidance of the dynamic Austrian priest, Frederick Baraga, later made a Bishop. The white man's style of house was adapted as a grave cover by the Christianized Ojibway (Chippewa) in his custom of protecting both the dead and the food left for the dead. The food gave sustenance for the 4-day journey to the hereafter as well as something for the spirit to leave for friends, relatives, and the poor. A defaced stone marks the grave of Great Buffalo, principal chief of the Ojibway on Lake Superior. Chief Little Buffalo, (his Protestant son), is buried across the road and South in a grave marked with 4 pine trees. A Frenchman named Cadeau journeyed to Lake Superior in 1671, eventually marying an Ojibway Indian. His Grandson, Michel Cadotte, opened a fur trading post on Madeline Island in 1793 for the North-West Company; a post aquired by John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company, Michel continuing until 1823 as manager. Here Michel Cadotte is buried, and by his side, Julia Mary Warren of the noted family of fur traders and scholars. The island was named after his daughter, Madeline.

Added by: Paul Wilcox
7/03/2005

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