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Ignace Tonené

Ignace Tonené (1840 or 1841 – 1916) was the chief of the Teme-Augama Anishnabai, an Indigenous nation in Ontario. He was a fur trader and a gold prospector who was a prominent employee of the Hudson's Bay Company. Tonené was elected the deputy chief before being the lead chief and later the life chief of his community. In his role as deputy, he negotiated with the Canadian federal government and the Ontario provincial government, advocating for his community to receive annual financial support from both. His attempts to secure land reserves for his community were thwarted by Ontario premier Oliver Mowat. Tonené's gold prospecting triggered a 1906 staking rush and the creation of the Kerr Addison gold mine. One of his claims over the gold was stolen from him by white Canadian prospectors. He died near Lake Abitibi, Quebec, and was buried close to Mount Kanasuta. In 2016, Tournene Lake in the Timiskaming District of Ontario was renamed as Chief Tonene Lake. (Full article...)

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Autographed photograph of Rosa Raisa, with the inscription "To Mr. Tito Ricordi, Sincerely Raisa N.Y. 1917."

Rosa Raisa (30 May 1893 – 28 September 1963) was a Polish-born and Italian-trained Russian-Jewish dramatic operatic soprano who became a naturalized American. She possessed a voice of remarkable power and was the creator of the title role of Puccini's last opera, Turandot, at La Scala in Milan. This photograph of Raisa, which she autographed in 1917, was taken by Herman Mishkin, a Russian-American photographer who specialized in photographing opera singers.

Photograph credit: Herman Mishkin; restored by Adam Cuerden

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