Produced by Austen Brauker, Peacemaking/Probation Assistant for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Michigan.
This is a four day wilderness camp program focusing on tribal culture and natural living skills, using the Peacemaking talking circle throughout. Participants cook their own food as a group over an open fire in the communal longhouse. They haul firewood and bring water as a team. They stay in bent sapling wigwams covered with canvas tarp for four days. Camps usually start at 12 noon on a Thursday and end at 12 noon on a Sunday. This program is sponsored by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Court, Peacemaking/Probation Department. Trained adult staff are working all day and all night to keep programs moving and ensure safety. This program began operation in 2009 and has offered four camps per season. Each camp is four days long.