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To support the Woodland Indian Arts and Culture Initiatives, please make a donation today, and then join us at Miikawaadad! on August 22 for live music and spirited discussion. And don’t miss the feast and the native arts market! Thank you!



Saturday, August 22, 2009, 6:00 - 10:00 pm

Dillman’s Bay Resort and Creative Arts Foundation
13277 Dillman’s Way, Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin
(715) 588-1514, www.dillmans.com


6:00–7:30 pm Symposium: Preserving Woodland Indian Arts
and Supporting Native Artists for the Seventh Generation
7:30-8:00 pm Performance: Native American flutist Darren Thompson
8:00-10:0 pm Traditional Feast and Native Arts Market

Cost: FREE  Tax-deductible donations to Northwoods NiiJii are welcome. Northwoods NiiJii will use the proceeds
from this event to support the Woodland Indian Arts and Culture Initiatives, a three-year project to build a Native
cooperative art gallery and artist resource center in Lac du Flambeau. Funds will also support the Native Artist
Entrepreneurial Program, which provides professional practices consultation for Native artists.


6:00–7:30 pm Symposium: Preserving Woodland Indian Arts
and Supporting Native Artists for the Seventh Generation

“The Woodland ways embody an approach to art from which all artists can benefit and a spirit everyone needs to understand.”   –Richard March, Wisconsin Arts Board

The state’s traditional Woodland Indian artists practice some of the rarest and most endangered art forms in our cultural garden, but ones which appeal to all Wisconsinites. This symposium brings together artists and scholars for a conversation about Woodland Indian arts and culture.

Symposium participants

  Richard March, Folk Arts Specialist of the Wisconsin Arts Board. Rick served as the Folk and Community Arts Specialist for the Wisconsin Arts Board from 1983 through 2008. In that capacity he initiated numerous efforts to support folk arts, including the Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program, which put an emphasis on the traditional arts of Wisconsin's eleven Native tribes and bands. The Apprenticeship Program was in operation from 1985 to 1998. During that time, each year about a dozen elders had the opportunity to teach their skills to apprentices of their own choice. In 2009, the Apprenticeship Program has been restored after a decade hiatus due to funding cuts.
  Jennifer Kolb Jennifer Kolb, Deputy Director Wisconsin Historical Museum. Jennifer joined the staff of the Wisconsin Historical Society in 1989 as an archaeologist for the Division of Historic Preservation. She joined the Museum staff as the Director of the Museum Archaeology Program in 1992. Jennifer was appointed the Museum’s Deputy Director in 2003 where she oversees operations, education, special events, and the exhibit staff. Jennifer was appointed the Native American liaison for the Society in 2002, and has assumed many of the responsibilities of a curator for the Museum’s Native American collections. Over the past five years, Jennifer has worked closely with Native nations and tribes on the repatriation of sacred objects under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
  Gregg Guthrie Gregg Guthrie, Lac du Flambeau tribal member and artist. Greg served on the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Council, the Wisconsin State Historical Society’s Board of Curators and the Board of Directors for both the LdF Historical and Cultural Society and George W. Brown, Jr. Ojibwe Museum & Cultural Center. He is a recipient of a Local History Award of Merit for distinguished service to history from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
  Greg Johnson Greg Johnson, Lac du Flambeau tribal member and the 2009 recipient of the Wisconsin Arts Board Folk Arts Apprenticeship award. Greg is an artist making beadwork, birchbark canoes, wigwams, moccasins, and regalia, and partakes in old-time Ojibwe medicine societies. Greg speaks Ojibwemowin and edited the Lac du Flambeau newspaper.

Darren Thompson

7:30–8:00 pm Native American flutist Darren Thompson
Of Ojibwe and Tohono O’odham heritage, Lac du Flambeau tribal member Darren Thompson is highly regarded as a native flutist who has “the power to take you to another place.” He has been invited to just as many places for his musical talent as he has for tackling such issues as stereotypes, religion, politics, social structures, environmental issues, history and culture. And whether leading a protest, fighting for constitutional rights, or performing with his flutes, the message he delivers is consistent with the philosophy he lives by.

8:00–10:00 pm Traditional Feast and Native Arts Market
Join us for a Traditional Native Feast and Native Arts Market featuring food and art provided by artists from the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Top: Beaded flower detail by Cathy Barber. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Arts Board.


DCAFThis event is sponsored, in part, by Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation (DCAF). The 2009 Workshop Schedule offers over 35 internationally known instructors teaching courses in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, photography, personal growth and more. Students can participate as “day students” or stay at Dillman’s Bay Resort. DCAF is a non-profit that also offers partial-tuition scholarships for students taking classes with DCAF. www.dillmans.com

Wisconsin Arts BoardThis program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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