Foundation Now Native American Culture in Northwoods | News
LAC DU FLAMBEAU, Wis. (WAOW) — An arts foundation known for its workshops is giving people a chance to see Native American woodland culture in a new light.
“It was my wife’s baby, so to speak,” Dennis Robertson said.
He and Sue Robertson lead the efforts of Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation, which was started in 1978 with the goal of improving their community.
About six months ago, Sue had the idea of bringing community members together to learn more about life on the reserve over the years.
“There are a lot of people who want to know more. How did the reservation start? How do people still keep their traditions?” she said.
These are questions the Robertsons hope to answer through a series of workshops, the latest weaving the reserve’s story through art.
“I think more about that kind of interaction with people who have experience living on the reservation, working on the reservation…you see different things,” Sue said.
The four-day workshop kicked off on Sunday and continued on Monday with an interactive painting class, film discussion and traditional earring making.
The Robertsons say the enthusiasm has been high and the reception has been mostly positive. They hope to make events like this more regular.
“The fact that we can bring their crafts, their culture, their history, their music and their laughter to other people is a joy for us,” Sue said.
“I just spoke to someone this morning who said he wanted to be here when Wayne Valliere comes with his birchbark canoe, which is very important,” Dennis said.
Sue says there are still places available for the individual workshops over the next few days.