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Northern Voices: Leah Lemm and Wendy Savage on Stories, Art, Beadwork, and Lac La Croix Ojibwe Ponies

Northern Voices: Wendy Savage
Northern Voices Episode 40: Leah Lemm chats with Wendy Savage
Today, I’m talking to an artist who comes from a family of artists, with creative traditions that span from painting, to regalia, from beadwork to moccasin making. Wendy Savage (Fond du Lac Band) has spent years supporting the careers of other artists, she has created curriculum for schools about Native artwork, and has curated exhibits, and has spent lots of time researching and speaking and visiting elders in her community. Wendy is quick to praise many artists and colleagues when we talk - I feel like I’m destined to go on many side-quests from talking with her. Plus she has decades of research under her belt, most done before the era of Google, so she’s a wealth of information. Today, I’m going to take some time to celebrate her and her work.

Wendy Savage Ribbon Skirt
The ribbon skirt made by Wendy Savage dedicated to the Lac La Croix Ojibwe Pony

Lemm's Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland shares sustainable, traditional, indigenous, and ancestral practices of Northern Minnesotans. Through these conversations, Northern Voices celebrates the richness of individual, organizational, and communal ways of life within the region.

To learn more about the creator of this series, Leah Lemm, click here to view her website.

For more episodes of Northern Voices, access the full archive here on the KAXE/KBXE website.

Leah is a radio & podcast host/producer, singer/songwriter, and a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Her work revolves around sound/music/voice and community story-sharing, with the mission to Amplify Native Voices. She currently lives in Grand Rapids, MN with her husband, young son, and country dog.
Max Philbrook (he/him) is a Producer at KAXE focused on telling the stories of the people, events, and organizations that make up the fabric of northern Minnesota. Based out of Grand Rapids, Max spends his time reading fiction at the library, seeing sports and live music, and supporting the arts and cultural events in the area. Get in touch with Max if you have a story to tell, an event to publicize, or just want to chat about life in the northland.