Every March, Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin hosts several events to promote awareness and understanding of Native American and indigenous culture. All of the month’s events are free and open to the public.
One of the largest events is the 43rd Annual Spring Powwow, which will be held on March 18 at the Kendrigan Center. First Grand Entry will be at 1 p.m. and Second Grand Entry will be at 7 p.m.
Some of the other events include a talk called “Identity, Place, and Belonging in Sami and Anishinaabe Cultures” at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute on March 13 at 7 p.m. The concepts of home, place, and identity are common in indigenous culture. This talk will look specifically at the ecological identity of Sami (Northern Norway) and Anishinaabe peoples, as reflected in traditional stories and cultural practice, particularly focusing on Sami descendants who work in Anishinaabe communities of the Lake Superior region.
On March 14 there will be a panel discussion about multigenerational and historic trauma at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute from 6 to 8 p.m. The panel will discuss the issues across global communities and how to continue healing through traditional aspects of family and community, while also exploring modern approaches to promote understanding, healing, and widening the circle of support.
There will be a craftwork day on March 15 at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees can learn the teachings behind beading, tobacco ties, and dreamcatchers while learning to make them.
Check out “The Creator’s Game: The Evolution of the Game of Lacrosse” on March 16 at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute from 6 to 8 p.m. Mark Denning, Oneida, of the Indigenous Cultures Center, will discuss how lacrosse came to be, while talking about Northland College’s team and tie to Ojibwe tribes. The program will also include a screening of “Keepers of the Game,” a look at an all-women’s lacrosse team.
On March 17, stop by the Northland College Dexter Library to see “Indigenous Resistance,” an art exhibit and lecture at 6 p.m. The exhibit features linocut and silkscreen prints of indigenous struggles in Mexico from artist collectives.
Also at the library, Aurora Conley will discuss her experience with indigenous resistances across the globe, particularly in Guatemala, and how they relate to her experiences as a Lake Superior Ojibwe woman. Her talk, “From Bad River to Guatemala: The Pan-Indigenous Experience” will be held on March 17 at 7 p.m.
Visit the Northland College website for a full calendar of events.