Wiigwaasi-Jiimaan: These Canoes Carry Culture

This film documents the birchbark canoe built by Wayne Valliere in 2013. Photo by C. Connors.
Cederström, B. Marcus,  Colin Gioia Connors, Thomas DuBois, Tim Frandy, and Carrie Roy. 2016. "Wiigwaasi-Jiimaan: These Canoes Carry Culture." Documentary film. Vimeo.

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.

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