Join us as we celebrate, through the lens of the arts, the rich history and culture of Indigenous people.
THE ART | Experience a Wide Variety of Authentic Creations!
The Anishinaabe Art Festival will offer exceptional art in all types of media available for purchase directly from Indigenous artists.
COMING SOON! Watch this space for a gallery of art with artist info and booth locations.
PLUS – Food and Beverage Concessions will be available throughout the Festival.
Sample a variety of authentic Indigenous foods as you stroll through the "park" area.
Buffalo and Fish
TASTING TABLES WILL BE OPEN:
Friday: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tasting Table tickets will be sold at the door
THE FOOD | Calling All Foodies! Get Your Tastebuds Ready!
THE ACTIVITIES | Fun for the Entire Family!
From the opening ceremony on Friday to the closing ceremony on Saturday, the Festival will be filled with fun activities for all to enjoy. Learn techniques used to create original art and other cultural teachings.
Hand Drum Making
Lots of kid-friendly activities, too, including a children's art session and face painting!
JULY 22 / 1-3 P.M.
Below is a sampling (with more to come!) of the designers and artists whose creations will hit the runway.
GORDON VAN WERT
Van Wert grew up in Red Lake, Minnesota and later moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to attend art school. While pursuing his post-graduate art degree a friend introduced Van Wert to air hammers and Dremel drills. These tools would later become instrumental in Van Wert’s art with most of his sculptures created from limestone, marble, and alabaster. An Internationally acclaimed artist, many of Van Wert's pieces are currently on display throughout the United States with select pieces residing in the homes of celebrities like Robert Redford and Goldie Hawn.
Brian Dow is a Native American artist originally from Ponemah, located on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. In the relatively short time since Dow's journey as a professional artist began, he has encountered significant success within greater Minnesota, including the Bemidji, Duluth, and metropolitan areas. Dow’s art is not limited to canvas or two-dimensional surfaces. Many of his creations appear on clothing and accessories like shirts, hoodies, shoes, face masks and hand bags.
More Coming Soon!
JULY 23 / 6:30-9 P.M.
HIP HOP ARTIST
Sten Joddi, a member of the Mvskoke Nation of Oklahoma, is one of today's most prolific Native hip hop artists. His Native culture and a love for hip hop and tattoos has given Sten Joddi a voice to the unique struggle that most of America has been blind to – growing up and surviving as a Native. In addition to his recording career, he is known for his roll as Bear's absent Father 'Punkin Lusty' in the award-winning FX Networks TV series, "Reservation Dogs," now streaming on Hulu.
Growing up on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Northern Minnesota, Annie lived in a home filled with voices made of thunder and nothing could stop it. Her parents were brilliant people individually – her father, a singer and musician and her mother an artist and poet. Together they made sadness. Each taught Annie the beautiful things they knew. They showed her that she carried their gifts in her hands too. This is how creating art and music came about for her. This is what saved her. This is how she lives now. Annie has 4 children and 2 grandsons. She has a handsome, Indian, horseman husband. They inspire her spirit and her art.
HOOP DANCE FUSION
As world-renowned dancers, Lumhe and Samsoche Sampson (Mvskoke Creek/Seneca) – a.k.a. the the Sampson Brothers – strive to promote cultural pride, unity, and hope by setting a positive example through art, education, and dance. Giving back to their tribe and the Indigenous community as a whole by breaking stereotypes and creating opportunities for generations to come, the Sampson Brothers aim to be successful artists but also use that success to educate others while keeping their culture alive.
Doyle Turner mixes elements of folk, rock and Americana into songs that seek connection. Growing up in Naytahwaush, Minnesota, he is a proud Anishinaabe person and a member of the White Earth Nation. Firmly rooted in Cash and Kristofferson, Doyle’s songs feature lyrics that find you where you are with a warm voice that guides you back home. Doyle has produced or performed on over nine recordings and collaborates with artists state-wide. His latest single “Star Gazing” was released March 7, 2022. Doyle is working on a new album for release September 17th, 2022.
COME TO THE SHOW |
An array of cultural entertainment featuring an Art+Fashion Show on Friday and Music+Dance Performances on Saturday. Enjoy a Traditional Tea Bar at each show to boot!