Native News

Blair Treuer's textile exhibit "Portraits" opens tomorrow night (Friday) at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji.  A collection of large-scale images depicting her nine children, her husband and herself, her work uses thousands of small pieces of fabric as her pallete.  A kaleidoscope of color illuminating the spirit of each of her subjects, this dreamy, textural, visual experience of an exhibit was born from the unique spiritual journey of Blair and her family.    

This totally scrambled my brain. How could "giizhig" mean both sky, day and cedar tree?  And so I began to inquire. There was something here that I wasn't understanding.  And that was in 1988. And it wasn't until 10 years later in 1998 that I met an elder from from Winnipeg and I asked him... And he said Well, Michael...this name goes back to an old creation story that we don't tell anymore.  And it talks about how our ancient ancestors came down from the star world and they came through a bugonaygeshig - a hole in the sky and then they climbed down a giant cedar tree and then they populated the earth. 

The culture was lost. Everybody had short hair.  Nobody was speaking in Ojibwe but, you know, the culture wasn't lost because people were still fishing and ricing and hunting and living within extended families. And so... all the meaningful native culture stuff you can't... destroy. - Michael Lyons referring to the time his grandfather fled boarding school and returned to Bena.

Bemidji State University will host two days of special events decidated to the Native American flute this weekend.  Friday night at 7pm, guest musician Randy McGinnis joins area Native American flute player Jon Romer, dancer Louisa Barta and the Red Lake Dancers and Drummers for a special concert experience at the Bangsberg Recital Hall on the BSU campus.  Saturday from 8:30am - 2pm at the American Indian Resource Center, a "Make a Flute" workshop will take place followed by

"I have a lot of friends and family members who are two spirit and it really hurts me when they have issues about being bullied and so I'm here to support my two spirit relatives in being who they are." - Delina White

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