May 20, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This event will be the formal Opening for our summer programming “Living with the Northwoods”, and community wigwam project with Wayne Valliere.
Date: Friday, May 20
Cost: Free to attend
We invite you to attend the launch of our summer programming, Living WITH the Northwoods. On Friday, May 20, 2022 from 7 – 9 pm , Wayne Valliere will lead a traditional opening ceremony involving Native American drum and song. This event is free to attend and open to the public.
Master Artist Wayne Valliere (Mino-giizhig in Ojibwe) is a member of The Lake Superior Chippewa’s Lac du Flambeau band, and a 2020 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor awarded to those who keep folk and traditional arts alive. Wayne will present an itinerary that spans harvesting materials from our local woodlands to building a summer wigwam in the Warehouse courtyard, to talking about Living WITH the Northwoods in harmony.
Wayne will also give a detailed schedule for the first day of material harvesting, Saturday, May 21st. Participants will meet at The Warehouse at 8 am to caravan to Wayne Valliere’s home. Breakfast will be served at 9 am at Wayne’s Lac du Flambeau home and proceed to the harvest area, harvesting saplings from 10am-12pm. This Saturday activity is also a free event that is open to the public, but participants should secure a free ticket to attend. Call the Warehouse at 715-479-4060 or register at https://eagleriverart.com/events/wigwam-construction-gathering-saplings-at-chequamegon/. This activity is limited to 30 participants max, ages 10 and up are welcome. Participants should bring gloves and, if possible, a folding hand saw.