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To support the Woodland Indian Arts and Culture Initiatives, please make a donation today, and then join us on August 15 for live music, demostrations, and spirited discussion. And don’t miss the feast and the native arts market! Thank you!


Northwoods Niijii Woodland Indian Art Center - Dillman's Creatvie Arts Foundation


Sunday, August 15, 2010, Noon - 10:00 pm

NiiJii Woodland Indian Art Center Symposium

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

Noon–4:00 pm Native Art Market and demonstrations
4:00–4:45 pm Flute making with Frank Montano
5:00–7:00 pm

Symposium: Woodland Art and the Natural Environment

Speakers include :
•   Richard March, folklorist, scholar with Wisconsin Arts Board
•   Leon (Boycee) Valliere, Ojibwe Language Program Director
•   Greg Johnson, Woodland Indian Art Center artistic director
•   Master artists from Lac du Flambeau

7:00 pm Music by flutist Frank Montano
7:30-10:00 pm Native Feast and Meet the Artists

Cost: FREE  Tax-deductible donations to Northwoods NiiJii are welcome. Donations support the Woodland Indian Art Center, a project to strengthen the Native arts culture in our region. Proceeds also support the Native Artist
Entrepreneurial Program, which provides professional practices consultation for Native artists.


Noon–4:00 pm Native Art Market and demonstrations

Artist demonstrations by:

  • Jerry LaBarge, Traditional decoy carvings
  • Greg Johnson, Brain-tanned hides for beaded moccasins
  • Sandy Peterson, Birch bark baskets



4:00–4:45 pm Flute making with Frank Montano

Frank MontanoFrank Montano's traditional name, Anakwad, means “cloud.” He is a Lake Superior Chippewa from the Red Cliff Reservation. This teacher and lecturer is also a very talented flute player, singer, dancer, and storyteller who has performed in Canada, Japan, and Germany.








5:00–7:00 pm Symposium: Woodland Art and the Natural Environment

The art of the Woodland people is closely related to the natural environment. Traditionally, everything the Ojibwe people needed to survive came from the plants and animals of the forest. Nature is an integral piece of the Native artistic expression and artists understand the properties and uses of diverse raw materials such as wood, stone, bark, plant fibers, and leather. Enjoy a conversation on the connections between the natural environment and traditional art-making materials and techniques of Native Woodland artists.

Speakers include:


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.
  Leon (Boycee) Valliere Leon (Boycee) Valliere, Ojibwe Language Program Director. Leon "Boycee" Valliere is the Director and Instructor of The Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Language Program. He has also provided the voice recordings for the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Language's Podcast.
  Greg Johnson Greg Johnson, Woodland Indian Art Center artistic director and Lac du Flambeau tribal member. 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. He is the 2009 recipient of the Wisconsin Arts Board Folk Arts Apprenticeship award.



7:00 pm Music by flutist Frank Montano
Frank was given a cedar flute by a friend and learned to play and make such flutes himself. He is committed to environmental issues and his favorite places to play are in the forest or on the shore of Lake Superior. Frank now has seven recordings—most of them featuring his traditional flute.


7:30–10:00 pm Native Feast and Meet the Artists



DCAFThis event is sponsored, in part, by Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation (DCAF). The 2010 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 partialtuition scholarships for students taking classes with DCAF.

Wisconsin Arts BoardWisconsin 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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