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Hiawatha play won high media praise at CNE
In 1937, the acting troupe from Garden River performed Hiawatha at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) or the Ex. Thirty-four people from Garden River travelled via a private sleeping car to Toronto where they performed a version of the Hiawatha Play from Aug. 27 to Sept. 11 on the lake shore. Additionally, the Garden River troupe created and staffed an ‘Indian village.’ In return for these performances, the CNE paid for all the troupe’s expenses, built and decorated two floating stages, provided the troupe with free admission to the entire Ex, and allowed handicrafts to be sold in the village to tourists.