Living with the northwoods: summer 2022 featured programming

Master Artist Wayne Valliere (Mino-giizhig in Ojibwe), a member of The Lake Superior Chippewa’s Lac du Flambeau band, will be a featured artist this summer leading various discussions, classes, and talks as well as guiding a community wigwam project as part of our summer programming theme, “Living WITH the Northwoods!” Wayne is 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.

Serving as the centerpiece of our programming, Wayne and his apprentices will lead students of all ages in harvesting materials from our local woodlands and constructing a summer wigwam in the courtyard of The Warehouse. The wigwam will be on display all summer and beyond.

In addition, Wayne will showcase an exhibit at The Warehouse, “The Many Uses of Birch Bark by the Anishinaabeg”. This exhibit will feature diverse handcrafted containers (berry, food storage, winnowing (rice), cargo, cradle receptacle, feather cases, dishes and bowls, folding maple syrup baskets, a birch bark canoe). The exhibit will be on display from July 9 - August 20.

Wayne has been an artist in residence at Northwestern University and currently works as a language and culture teacher at the Lac du Flambeau Public School. He is also currently in a residency with Purdue University. He is passionate about keeping cultural knowledge and traditions alive. Wayne is an experienced artist of many mediums, including beadwork, basketry, quillwork, singing, storytelling, and more. He is also one of only a handful of birch bark canoe builders left in the United States, highlighting its significance in the Anishinaabe culture and carrying on a tradition that has been handed down for thousands of years.


  • Jun 4, 2022
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

“Wiigoob” (basswood fiber harvesting) for Wigwam project Meet at The Warehouse at 9am. Caravan to Wayne Valliere’s home. Bring a folding hand saw, pocketknife, and gloves. 10am-12pm 30 participants max, ages 10 and up.   More info coming soon. (more…)


  • Jun 19, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jun 20, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jun 21, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jun 22, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jun 23, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jun 24, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jun 25, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jun 26, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jun 27, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jun 28, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jun 29, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jun 30, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location TBD by WI DNR Time TBD 30 participants max each day, ages 10 and up.   More info coming soon. (more…)


  • Jul 1, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jul 2, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jul 3, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jul 5, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jul 6, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jul 7, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jul 8, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wigwam project: constructing panels from the birch bark; Construction of skirt sections from the willow trigs and basswood fiber. Location TBD Time TBD Teams of 20-25 people, ages 10 and up.   More info coming soon. (more…)


  • Jul 7, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Jul 14, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Jul 21, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Jul 28, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Aug 4, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Living WITH the Northwoods Lectures: Wild Edibles Learn how to make food harvested from our forests and lakes (chewing gum, popped rice, Muskie cooked in wrapped leaves, trail mix, jerky over an open fire). Sources will be gathered from local woodlands to cook. Participants will be asked to bring a dish to share. Wayne Valliere (more…)


  • Jul 9, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Exhibit Opens: “The Many Uses of Birch Bark by the Anishinaabeg” This exhibit will feature diverse handcrafted containers (berry, food storage, winnowing (rice), cargo, cradle receptacle, feather cases, dishes and bowls, folding maple syrup baskets, a birch bark canoe). Warehouse staff and Board members and volunteers will serve as hosts and educators, providing background information (more…)


  • Jul 11, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jul 12, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Jul 13, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wigwam project construction: building days July 11: Build support structure using harvested saplings. Led by Wayne Valliere and his apprentices July 12: Build the skirt. Led by Wayne and his apprentices. July 13: Build and install the Birch bark panels. Led by Wayne and his apprentices.   Open to the public.   Time TBD   (more…)


  • (Class 1/6)
    Jul 11, 2022
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • (Class 2/6)
    Jul 18, 2022
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • (Class 3/6)
    Jul 25, 2022
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • (Class 4/6)
    Aug 1, 2022
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • (Class 5/6)
    Aug 8, 2022
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • (Class 6/6)
    Aug 15, 2022
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Writer’s Workshop with Carol Amour (6-week session) Dates: July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15 Time: 1:00-3pm Cost: Pay what you wish. Contributions support the work of the  Waawswaaganing First Nations Institute for Indigenous Teaching and Learning Participants will document the “wiigwaamikewin” process by gathering photos of the gather and construction phases and writing (more…)


  • (Class 1/6)
    Jul 11, 2022
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • (Class 2/6)
    Jul 18, 2022
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • (Class 3/6)
    Jul 25, 2022
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • (Class 4/6)
    Aug 1, 2022
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • (Class 5/6)
    Aug 8, 2022
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • (Class 6/6)
    Aug 15, 2022
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Book Review with Carol Amour and Kamewin (6-week session) Dates: July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15 Time: 3:30-5:30pm Cost: Pay what you wish. Contributions support the work of the Waawswaaganing First Nations Institute for Indigenous Teaching and Learning Open to the public Participants will be reading and discussing the book “Braiding Sweetgrass” and (more…)


  • Jul 19, 2022
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Birch Bark Basket Making with Wayne Valliere Date: Tuesday July 19 Time: 1-3pm Cost: TBD Instructor: Wayne Valliere   Birch bark basket making led by Wayne Valliere and his apprentices. Ages 10 and up   Ticket info coming soon. (more…)


  • Jul 19, 2022
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Arts on Tap Date: Thursday, July 19 Time: 7-9pm Speaker: Kate Reichl Cost: FREE to attend   Arts on Tap is a free learning/lecture series. These events are free to attend and open to the public. Enjoy the conversation and grab a beverage from our Inspiration Bar!   Meet Kate Reichl: Kate is a graduate of (more…)