From 1905 to 1915, summer resorters came here to experience "The Indian Play Hiawatha." Canadian Louis O. Armstrong worked with Ojibwa from the Garden River Reserve in Ontario to create the pageant. It had been presented in several places, including Europe, when the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railway sponsored moving it to this location to attract tourists, Waganakising Odawa from this area joined the Canadian First Nation actors in dramatizing the narration of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1855 poem "The Song of Hiawatha." The play romanticized Native American life as it provided income for Native actors. Hiawatha Pageants were also held on Bear River, in Harbor Springs and in Petoskey into the mid-1950s. Other public views of native culture during this time came through pow wows and naming ceremonies.