The Song of Francis Pegahmagabow
A musical journey into the life of the renowned Ojibwe WWI
sniper and decorated officer of the Canadian military, Francis
Pegahmagabow. Composed by Tim Corlis and written by
Ojibwe poet Armand Garnet Ruffo, Sounding Thunder is a
complex work divided into three acts, exploring Pegahmagabow’s
early years immersed in the world of the Anishinaabe spirits,
his extraordinary accomplishments in the trenches of WWI,
and finally his political life as Chief of the Wausauksing Ojibwe
and founder of the early Indigenous political moment in Canada.
Based on the book Sounding Thunder by Brian McInnes who
provides new perspective on Pegahmagabow and his experience
through a unique synthesis of Ojibwe oral history, historical
record, and Pegahmagabow family stories.