A fundraiser to support the annual Ojibwe Language Camp will be held Saturday, February 19, from 1-6 p.m. at the Sawyer (Minnesota) Community Center on the Fond du Lac Reservation.
The fundraiser will include storytelling by 10 professional storytellers, poets and playwrights, including author Jim Northrup, Anishinaabe. Fundraiser guests will also be able to share stories during an open mic session. A silent auction featuring donated works by Anishinaabe artists will include photographs, paintings, jewelry and books.
The Ojibwe Language Camp will be held June 23-26 at the Kiwenz Campground in Sawyer, Minnesota. Participants can bring their tents and camp out, or stay at Black Bear Casino Resort Hotel, in Carlton, Minnesota. The language camp is free and open to anyone with the desire to learn and preserve the Ojibwe language. Partial support for the camp is provided by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and the proceeds from the February 19 fundraiser will support the cost of materials, fluent speakers, artists and food.
Other than language learning, a number of traditional Ojibwe activities are taught during the camp, including: birch bark basket making; cedar flute making; wild rice harvesting tools; hand drum building; and making frybread on-a-stick.
“We decided to hold this type of camp because no one else was doing this in our area,” Northrup said. “We bring artists and students together to learn ancient crafts and modern techniques.”
For more information about the fundraiser and the language camp, please contact Northrup at (218) 878-0245.