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Riverway Speaker Series-Ojibwe

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Date: February 5, 2011
Contact: Jean Van Tatenhove, 320-629-2148

 

National Park Service Announces Riverway Speaker Series

Interested in learning more about the St. Croix Valley's national park? Join the National Park Service in exploring the heritage, natural wonders, and communities of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway during this year's Riverway Speaker Series. The series kicks off on Saturday, February 26, with a program focused on the Ojibwe.

Saturday, February 26, 10:00 a.m.

The Ojibwe: A Connected People

Presented by Damon Panek, National Park Ranger and Ojibwe Cultural Specialist

Wisconsin and Minnesota have been home to the Ojibwe people for generations and Native Americans have called these areas home for thousands of years. The Ojibwe's connection to the land and water and to each other is evidenced in their stories. The presentation will include discussions about cultural traditions, historical accounts, and the language of the Ojibwe. There will be opportunity to ask questions.

Damon Panek is an enrolled member of the Mississippi Band of White Earth Ojibwe. He works as a Park Ranger and Cultural Educator at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. As a Ranger he meshes his cultural understanding with the Park's resources to help visitors connect and understand the significance of the area.

Save the Date for These Upcoming Presentations

Saturday, March 26, 10:00 a.m.
Wildness in the Soul: Sigurd Olson and the Canoe
Alan Craig, Curator, Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum

Saturday, April 9, 10:00 a.m.
Monitoring Bald Eagle Chicks for the Health of the Riverway
Bill Route, National Park Service, Ecologist

Also on April 9:
University of Minnesota Raptor Center Live Bald Eagle and Bird Display, 11:00 to 1:00
Junior Ranger Program: Life of Riverway Bald Eagles, 1:00

All presentations are free and open to the public. They will take place at the St. Croix River Visitor Center, 401 North Hamilton Street, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968; it is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition. For 255 miles, the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.

Did You Know?

Three waterboatmens on a rock, they are dark brown and the leags are visible

Water boatmen have no gills but rather trap air with the hairs on their legs and the air bubble encircles their bodies, making them appear shiny. Their front legs are short, their middle legs are long and slender and their back legs are shaped like paddles fringed with hair.