Ernest Hockings entertained, educated public about indigenous culture

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Ernest “Nick” Hockings, an Ojibwe tribal member, devoted many years to educating the public, through performance and public advocacy, about the history and culture of the region’s indigenous peoples.

A longtime Baha’i and teacher of the Faith who was a member in the 1990s of the Baha’i Regional American Indian Teaching Committee serving the Central States, he passed away November 30, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin. He was 70.

A letter of tribute from the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States says, “Nick’s years of endeavor to foster greater appreciation in the larger community for Ojibwe language and culture, his advocacy of the oneness of the human family and efforts to render practical service to its neediest members, and his faithful exertions in appointed service to this institution are all warmly and gratefully remembered. He is certain to be missed by the many whose lives he touched.”

Please click here for a complete obituary in the Vilas County (Wisconsin) News-Review.

One Response

  1. Marty Klann

    Nick was a wonderful addition to Camp Kamal, a Baha’i wilderness camp held in northern Wisconsin and UP Michigan for many years. He and his wife Charlotte taught us all valuable life lessons, many skills, and a wealth of stories and Native American beliefs and traditions. Their day at the camp every year was eagerly anticipated by us all. His love of children was obvious, and they responded in kind. He and Charlotte broadened our understanding of the relationship between humanity and the natural kingdoms in fireside stories never to be forgotten. We cherish these memories and wish him joy in his travels thru the rest of the Worlds of God.