February 24 & 25 Indigenous Winter Games - UPDATED

Snow Snake TournamentIndigenous Winter Games will return to Bemidji on February 24th and 25th. This year’s event will feature several different types of snow snake events for all ages. There will be prizes for the three games which include distance, target, and hoops. Once again, the games will be held on Lake Bemidji near the Paul Bunyan Park in down town Bemidji.

For more information contact Robert Shimek at (218) 204-1632.

Listen to an MPR piece on the games →

Snow Snakes detail

The two days of activities will began with an area school invitational snow snake tournament on the lake from 10 AM to 2 PM on February 24th. Area schools that have participated in snow snake making and other activities are being invited to participate. Also on February 24th, Ojibwe story tellers Zac Earley and Robert Shimek will be at the River Rail Folk School talking from 6 to 9 PM. People participating in activities on Saturday the 25th are encouraged to bring their snow snakes for the ceremonial part of the evening starting at 6.

Day two, February 25th, will feature an open competition snow snake tournament on the lake. Snow snake fans from Native communities in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the surrounding region are expected to be in attendance at this year’s event. Registration will open at 9 AM with games starting at 10. Games include the rolling hoop, target shoot and long distance throw. Age categories range from 8 years old to Elders. Children 7 and younger will be allowed to practice as time and track space are available. Because this year’s event is expected to be larger than the previous year, individuals and families are encouraged to bring snow snakes if available. Extra snow snakes will be available to borrow. Light snacks will be provided. Prizes will be awarded to some and fun will be had by all.

These Indigenous winter activities are sponsored by the grassroots Native Nonprofit organization Manidoo Ogitigaan, Watermark Art Center, And White Earth Tribal and Community College. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Robert Shimek at (218) 204-1632.

Artist Reception Aanikoosijigaade – It Is Linked

Joan Kauppi, Collage Artist
Shaawan Francis Keahna,
 Cross-disciplinary Artist & Musician

Artist Reception – 2 – 4pm  March 18, 2023
Exhibit March 6 – May 20, 2023

Exhibit →

Aanikewaajimowinan gaa-oshkiminwaabajichigaadegin – The connecting of stories; things old brought to new is an idea that will be translated by two new and emerging artists Joan Kauppi and Shaawan Francis Keahna . Across Converging generations, gender, and media they bring their observations about identity and current culture into dynamic visual metaphors. Collaging humor, question, and poignancy they challenge the viewer to think more deeply about the world they are part of.

Collage by Joan Kauppi
Collage by Joan Kauppi
work by Shaawan Francis Keahna
work by Shaawan Francis Keahna

This exhibit was made possible in part by the Blandin Foundation and the McKnight Foundation.