The Four Medicines
Kookoosh Roger WIlliams Kchinodin talks about the importance of the four medicines of the Anishinabe. Roger is the associate producer of this film. In fact, this project was his idea. He, historian Chris Czopek, and I met in 2009 at a McDonald’s south of Grand Rapids to talk about the possibility of such an adventure. But this film was ONLY the first part of Roger’s vision: the rest had to do with a full-length narrative feature. We’re still working on that. But here is an account of the healing offered by nature to the first people.
- William “Chid” Duverney, who, when he enlisted at age 11, was possibly the youngest soldier in the North. (Photo courtesy Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University.)
This soulful face belongs to William “Chid” Duverney (alternately Duvernay), perhaps the youngest soldier in the Union Army. Duverney was only 11 when he lied about his age, telling recruiters that he was 13. He accompanied his older half-brother John Kedgnal, 18, in to the ranks of Company B of the First Michigan Sharpshooters. There Chid served as a regimental musician…a drummer, and as illustrated by this photo, a violinist. His Civil War career as a musician came to an end in July of 1864 when he was assigned to serve as a hospital attendant. Without doubt, he saw much more than any child of tender years should have seen.
Duverney’s musical career would last far beyond the war. He served as snare drummer in the Grand Haven Concert band. He died 25 August 1893 in Milwaukee at the National Soldiers Home and was buried in Lake Forest Cemetery of his home city, Grand Haven. Chid was the son of a French Canadian, Pierre Duverney, and his wife, Julia (Nagah-HNo-Geshik-Go-Quay), the daughter of a Wisconsin Native American leader). The Duverneys were one of Grand Haven’s first families.