The Visiting Artist Colloquium kicked off the year with Wayne Valliere presenting his work on the birchbark canoe as artist-in-residence for the fall 2013 semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Wayne spoke about the history of the Ojibwe in the region as well as the process of building a birchbark canoe. As an Ojibwe teacher, artist, and community leader from Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, Wayne discussed the importance of birchbark canoe building from a cultural standpoint and also from a health standpoint. He explained the work and subsequent exercise that is necessary to build a canoe is an important benefit to community members who learn the tradition of birchbark canoe building. The presentation ended with several questions from the audience.
Thanks to everyone who came out for our first lecture with Wayne in the Chazen! Look for more opportunities to see Wayne speak here and on our Faecbook page: Wiigwaasi-Jiimaan: These Canoes Carry Culture, and, of course, feel free to stop by the woodshop on the seventh floor of the Mosse Humanities Building.