Wiigwaasi-Jiimaan: These Canoes Carry Culture
Wayne Valliere was the Windgate artist in residence from September to November 2013. He built a birchbark canoe in the woodshop in the Art Department, working with UW students and faculty as well as middle and high school students from the Goodman Community Center and the ENVISION program in Lac du Flambeau. Wisconsin Humanities Council funding helped support the outreach work with the teens. Materials gathering began over the summer with multiple trips to Lac du Flambeau to gather bark, cedar, pitch and spruce root. Ph.D. students from the folklore program participated, as did professor Tom Dubois. Local Lac du Flambeau kids also worked in the woods with Valliere and learned some of the Ojibwe cultural traditions.