In 2013, Anishinaabe artist and educator, Wayne Valliere, Mino-Giizhig, built an Ojibwe birchbark canoe. That project, "Wiigwaasi-Jiimaan: These Canoes Carry Culture," partnered Wayne, the ENVISION Program of Lac du Flambeau Public School and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This film documents the ways in which Wayne adapts Ojibwe traditions in effective and innovative ways, while simultaneously using indigenous methods and culturally-situated approaches to education, environment, health, and leadership-building skills to teach the next generation of birchbark canoe builders.
The canoe was built by Wayne Valliere, the students of the ENVISION program of Lac du Flambeau Public School, and University of Wisconsin–Madison community members.
Learn more about the project here:
And watch the latest film as the birchbark canoe is used in the wild rice harvest by 8th graders at the Lac du Flambeau Public School:
This film was created by:
"See you Later" by Pitx (c) 2008 licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. ccmixter.org/files/Pitx/17154 Ft: Fireproof Babies, Bmccosar
"12 String Acoustic Guitar Picking G Major" by Klaus_N (c) 2006 licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. ccmixter.org/files/Klaus_Neumaier/6692 Ft: Klaus Neumaier
"Reverie (small theme)" by _ghost (c) 2010 licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. ccmixter.org/files/_ghost/25389 Ft: Pitx