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