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Artist Interview: Vern Northrup

Vern Northrup

 I...wanted to showcase our resilience...and our sustainability... my focus was on the plants... all these spirits, all these plants all have a virtue that are meant to help us.  And they're all either food or medicine or both. - Vern Northrup discussing his exhibit, Akinomaage

Vern Northrup is a member of the Fon du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.  His newest photography exhibit is on display at the Watermark Art Center now thru February and is called Akinomaage: Teaching from the Earth.  It's a photo series documenting Northrup's observations of the natural world around him thru the lens of his cell phone.  In this Area Voices segment, he discusses his new show, how fire is used to enhance the blueberry crop, and what projects are on his horizon.

Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. Since 2016, she's produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota. She's our local host of NPR's All Things Considered and CBC's As It Happens every weekday from 4-7pm.