Native American Woodland Arts & Culture Workshop

Sunday, June 20th Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

The Native American Woodland Arts & Culture Workshop, offers nine sessions and two brief presentations with hands-on art experiences. This workshop will help students understand life on the Lac du Flambeau Native American Indian Reservation historically, currently and in the future. There will be many experiences during this workshop to learn about history, policies and the weaving of art into daily life. Students will have the opportunity to make traditional Ojibwe art; traditional beaded earrings, winter bark medallion, dream catcher and write poetry. Eleven different instructors and presenters will guide you through this 4-teaching day experience.

Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, June 20th

  • 5:00 pm
    Welcome Reception - Dillman’s Grand View East
    Featuring, Native American vension fry bread along with hors d’oeuvres and beverage.
  • 5:00-6:00 pm
    View the Ancestral Women Weaving created by Mary Burns featuring, Local Tribal Elder, Tinker Schuman (seen below) - Grand View East
  • 5:30 pm
    Join us for buffet dinner, in Grand View East. $25 additional by reservation
  • 6:30-8:30 pm
    Tinker Schuman Session #1 - Presentation: Healing through Poetry and Stories
    Create your own poetry.
    Supplies not included: pencil and paper.
    Grand View East.

Monday, June 21st

  • 9:00-11:00 am
    Gregg Guthrie Session #2 - Presentation: “Two Cultures-Moccasin on One Foot and Shoe on the Other” Round House

    Gregg Guthrie circa 1960
  • 11:00 am-12:30 pm
    Film Presention “The Enduring Ways of the Lac du Flambeau People” and “Treaty Rights”
    Lunch; bring your own, you may enjoy your lunch while watching films.
    Round House.
  • 12:45-2:00 pm
    Phyllis Wyse Session #3 - Make your own Native American Fringe Beadwork Earrings
    Supplies provided, Phyllis will be doing storytelling while you create your earrings.
    South Side Tent.

  • 2:00-4:00 pm
    Duane Poupart Session #4 - Presentation: Birch Bark Harvesting and Fishing Decoy
    Make your own winter bark medallion.
    Supplies provided.
    North Side Tent.
  • 4:00-7:00 pm
    Dinner Break - Dinner on own
  • 7:00 pm
    Bonfire Marshmallow roast and sing along with Jim Lee

Tuesday, June 22nd

  • 9:00-11:00 am
    Michelle Reed Session #5 - Presentation: The Meaning of the Dream Catcher & Native American Dance Discussion
    Make your own Dream Catcher.
    Supplies provided..
    South Side Tent

  • 11:00 am-1:00 pm
    Wayne Valliere Session #6 - Presentation: Birchbark Canoe Exhibition and Discussion
    North Side Tent.

  • 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    Lunch break
  • 2:00-4:00 pm
    Gregg Guthrie Session #7 - Driving tour of reservation, including George W. Brown Museum
  • 5:00 pm
    Dinner break
    Dinner on own – optional visit to the Lake of the Torches Casino for dinner
  • OPTIONAL - Visit the Waaswaaganing Living Arts and Culture Center.
    Admission price NOT included in workshop.

Wednesday, June 23rd

  • 9:00-11:00 am
    Jim Bokern Session #8 - Presentation: Tracing Artistic Crossroad Along White Sand Lake
    Round House.
  • 11:30am-1:00 pm
    Pontoon Ride
    Lunch on own, enjoy your lunch on the pontoon during tour of lake channels
  • 2:00-4:00 pm
    Emerson Coy Session #9 - Presentation: Planning history of the Lac du Flambeau Tribe and Goals for the Future.
    North Side Tent.
  • 4:30 pm
    Farewell Reception - Dillman’s Main Lodge




Tinker SchumanTinker Schuman

Tinker is a retired educator with a BS from UW-Eau Claire, with a minor in Indian Studies. She has taught cultural workshops at the LDF grade school sharing skills in life styles, art, and native studies. She was the director for Lac du Flambeau at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM. Tinker is a jingle dancer, decorated in full regalia at the Pow Wows. In addition to be well known author, she was also an artist in the Artists in the Woodland Arts Program featuring her mixed medium acrylic, oil and beadwork.

Session Description: Tinker will be sharing the Anishinaabe culture, which the Ojibwe, in the Lac du Flambeau nation, are one of the northern groups of Native American Indians. Students will be exploring your language through this workshop. During this time, we will concentrate on free association with words. This will unlock creative writing, to include poetry, using a group of words. There will be a show and tell of work. Tinker will lead you in song which she has learned in her life. She will bring her musical CD to assist in this. Tinker uses her language to say “Megwech” – thank you- as she goes about her day. Let her teach you a few other words of her Fist Nation language. Tinker is very involved in this spiritual world. She brings this in her own quiet way, to her volunteering such as her position on the Board of Directors of the Waaswaaganing Living Arts and Culture Center in Lac du Flambeau, which you will visit during the workshop. Tinker will also have a chance to share with you her beautiful traditional regalia for the dance performance at Tuesday’s Pow Wow’s.

Tinker SchumanGregg Guthrie

Gregg is a Lac du Flambeau tribal member. He has served the tribe as Treasurer of the Tribal Council and head of the tribal accounting department as well as serving as a counselor to Lac du Flambeau tribal members at the Lakeland Union High School. Gregg has lived in Lac du Flambeau most of his life, though he has had the opportunity to travel about two-thirds of the way around the world; some of which was provided by and existed under the watchful eye of the United States Marine Corps.

Session Description: Gregg’s goal in presenting the course “Where Two Worlds Meet” is to dispel the mythology that exists about Native people who live in Lac du Flambeau and replace that mythology with accurate and factual information. In so doing, he seeks to “break down the barriers” that exist between our Native people living on the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation and non-Indian people who have also made Lac du Flambeau their home, plus communities existing outside the boundaries of the reservation. One of the most important aspects of the course is a discussion of Ojibwe Treat Rights in relation to issues that continually surface between Native and non-Native communities on a regular basis. Understanding is very important to relationships forged between them.

Phyllis Wyse

Phyllis is a Tribal member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, near Bayfield, WI. She is a self-taught artist. Phyllis was raised in Wausau and didn’t explore her culture until she was about 30 years old. She attended Nicolet College and was the first Native American to receive two degrees (accounting and business management) in three years. She continued on to receive a two-year degree in Liberal Arts with a focus on Native American Culture and Language.

Session Description: Phyllis will be teaching a simple and easy way for you to make a pair of dangling earrings, popular with tribal members. The beads come in two sizes: a seed bead and the larger one is called a bugle bead. They used to use stone and bone parts and the thread was made out of sinew. Today she uses a beading needle, nylon thread and beeswax. Early traders and trappers would trade the seeds for skins or whatever they needed to survive in the wilderness.

Duane Poupart

Duane was born in 1959 on the Lac du Flambeau reservation. He started making fish decoy carvings when he was 13 and when he was in his 20’s he started making birch bark baskets. He sets up tables at Pow Wow’s and markets to share his Ojibwe craft with the public. Duane has taught culture classes and vocational wood shop, while making decoys to 7th and 8th grade students at the Lac du Flambeau public school. In the winter groups go to the area lakes to set up overnight ice fishing camps. They will put the fishing decoys to good use bringing home delicious fish. At his home, he will shar carving decoys with adults and children. In the summer he has helped the tribe monitor the wild rice beds and assist with beaver control. Duane will discuss the impact of guiding for fish, as he is a fishing guide. He will be happy to answer any questions.

Session Description: In the spring, Duane organizes groups to the woods where they gather the “best” winter birch bark, which is preferred to make your medallion. There are only certain weather conditions which make it possible to take the winter bark off the trees. You need a perfect day. This can occur at the same time as they are tapping the trees for maple syrup as it “runs” in the spring. Duane will help you make your own winter bark medallion with the bark he has gathered from the trips.

Jim Lee

Guitarist and Folk Singer

Session Description: Jim will entertain and lead you in a sing along in the traditional Dillman’s Resort fashion of “There is a Meeting Here Tonight”. Jim, cousin of Sue Dillman Robertson, spent the summers of his life on White Sand Lake, where memories of Grandpa Gust’s legacy abound. Gust and Olga bought the peninsula from original Chippewa families. In 1935, Gust and Olga sold it to their daughter and son-in-law, Peg and Marvin Dillman. The year Peg and Marv were married, they took over resort operations from Ben C. Gauthier. Peg had waited tables for her cousin, Ben, during her summer break from teaching at local schools. On Oct 10, 1935, Gust Peterson caught the first recognized US and Canada World Record just off the White Sand Lake center bar. The musky weighed 52 pounds and was 52” long. The publicity surrounding this catch in Field and Stream and other sports magazines brought fishing enthusiasts as guests to Dillman’s Sand Lake Lodge during the uncertain times of the depression, when people were not traveling. Many summer romances blossomed at the resort. Jim met his wife, Barb, here while listening to the loons. Jim will tell you some stories and fishing escapades and speak about the impact the local Chamber of Commerce’s have meant to the tourism industry. During this time musical CD’s highlighting the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa Singers Gospel Music, will be for sale.

Michelle Reed

Michelle is a member of the Lac du Flambeau band of Ojibwe. She lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband and two children. Michelle is also the manager of the cultural events at the newly renovated Waaswaaganing Indian Living Arts and Cultural Center. She is also the co-founder of the Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company, as well as a dancer for the #1 selling Native American recording artists Brule. Michelle has developed N8V Dance Fitness, a workout designed to combine culture, health and wellness. She has had the opportunity to personally share this with Naïve communities and universities. She is a clothing and accessory designer, doing custom sewing and bead work for many champion dancers. Michelle also has a full purse line named M. Reed Design Purse Company. Her latest projects are the Indigenous Girl Doll collection and a line of applique face masks.

Session Description: Join Ojibwe artist Michelle, as she helps you construct the traditional Dream Catcher. You will learn how the red willow is harvested, as well as how to weave the Dream Catcher web and prepare the feather that will be hung from your “one of a kind” piece of artwork. In addition, Michelle will show and discuss the Pow Wow regalia. Her session will close with a demonstration of the “friendship dance”.

“In some Native American and First Nations cultures, the Dream Catcher may also include sacred items such as certain feathers or beads. Traditionally they are hung over a cradle or bed as protection. The Dream Catcheris a protective talisman that is used to catch bad dreams and protect people from nightmares. The charm was usually used for young children and hung above their cradles or beds. Native American cultures believe that both good and bad dreams fill the air at night. How the traditional Dream Catcher works varies slightly from one legend to another, but the meaning is always similar: to catch harmful thoughts in the web.” - Wikipedia

Wayne (Mino-Giizhig) Valliere

In 2019 Wayne was honored and recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as being one of the few birchbark canoe builders in the United States. Wayne received the National Heritage Fellowship, honoring recipients for their artistic excellence and contributions to our nation’s traditional art forms; 2012 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation community health prize; 2014 First Peoples Funds "Jennifer Easton Artist and cultural award; and in 2017 the National Native American arts and cultures foundation mentorship award. Wayne was nominated by colleagues who had worked with him at the University of Wisconsin-Madison when he had built a canoe there with students from the university and ENVISION students from the Lac du Flambeau public school. The nomination involved writing a narrative explaining the art form and its significance and Wayne’s role in that tradition. Wayne, a lifelong resident of Lac du Flambeau, has 7 children and 8 grandchildren is also a certified teacher at the Lac du Flambeau Public School. Wayne's Native name is "Minogiizhig" (Good Skye), from the Black Bear clan and is one of the decendent(grandson) of the great Chief Kiishkiiman (chief sharpened stone) whom settled Waaswaaganing or Lac du flambeau in 1745.

Session description: Wayne will discuss the various sports the Chippewa have enjoyed over the years.

Jim Bokern

Jim began teaching history at Oconto High in 1981 and in 1986 took the initiative to pursue his master’s degree in history at UW-Stevens Point. His thesis, the areas history and the primary canoe rout of the six bands of the Chippewa from the Lac du Flambeau District expanded Jim’s interest in Native American culture. He moved to a large high school in Marshfield, WI. In 1988 teaching AP U.S. history, AP U.S. government, Comparative Government, and various other classes. He also has led two archeological surveys on the Manitowish Waters Chain of Lakes, co-developed the digital time transfer program at the North Lakeland Discovery Center, worked as a project historian on two grants with the LDF Historic Preservations office, documented the historical significance of six “Pause Portage” in Iron County, and continues active cultural research in the greater Lakeland area.

Session Description: White Sand Lake has three major travel routes. Jim will speak about the portages and lake travel by Ojibwe including these three routes: LDF to Trout Lake; Chicago Northwestern and the LDF Depot; the canal system from Headflyer to Alder Lake. Based on those crossroads, Jim has identified five artistic stories which link Ojibwe art and/or White Sand Lake art to his proposed presentation. Jim will tell several stories during his presentation. The first, the 1847 map from Owen Expedition lead by J.G. Norwood in LDF which was drawn by an Ojibwe LDF artist. The second, the 1848 appeal for a permanent Ojibwe reservation documented by Seth Eastman in a lithograph. The final will be the canal system ushered unique art and culture to Southgate Estate on Little Trout Lake. He will also discuss the 1921 canoe trip through the canal system by Camp Manitowish which documented an Ojibwe camp on Sunfish Lake. The travelers made baskets to sell which highlights the fairs and exchanged of crafts, carpentry, and architecture. The Ojibwe Blueberry Camp on western Alder Lake was also a part of this cultural exchange during this time period.

Emerson Coy

Emerson has been the LDF Tribal Planner for 30 years. He has worked in other Tribal and intertribal organizations, such as the Great Lakes Intertribal. Emerson has a Bachelor of Science degree from his home state of OH. He has a Master’s degree in Divinity, psychology and counseling. Emerson is a charter member of four different non-profit organizations.

Session description: Emerson will speak about the businesses of the LDF Chippewa Tribe. He will discuss the history of planning over the last 30 years, with the tribal government and tribal programs. He will explain how the planning occurs as it is intended to be flexible and fluid in response to the current needs while keeping the past in mind. Examples will begin with various projects and how they have been developed. Emerson will share information about the reservation that may be to you, such as the housing authority and how the tribe operates as a government within this plan. Information on broad based goals and the mission will be discussed. Advanced medical and dental facilities, along with road construction and maintenance which benefit the entire community will be discussed. LDF is the only reservation which has side walks (5 miles paved). Also, this year the new $1,000,000 waste water treatment center has been created. One advantage of having two governments on the reservation is the ability for present and future planning. There is a combination of federal, state and tribal funds being used and many working groups are in place. The overall mission of Emerson’s department is to improve the quality of life on the LDF reservation for future generations.

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All Inclusive Workshop: $295 plus tax per student, minimum of 10 students.
Includes: Sunday, welcome reception, Tuesday, George W. Brown Museum admission and Pow Wow admission. Wednesday, guided pontoon ride and Wednesday farewell reception. Supplies for beaded earrings, winter bark medallion and dream catcher included.

Individual classes: Cultural Presentations $30 each, Native American Arts classes $50 each, plus tax per student. George W. Brown Museum andWaaswaaganing Living Arts and Culture Center are priced person for adult admission at the venue. Reception, Bonfire and Pontoon ride free with purchase of 2 classes.

Box lunches additional price and must be pre-ordered the day before delivery.

Accommodations Call 715-588-3143 or availability.

Cancellation Policy, Class Fees