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Indigenous Storytelling Series | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Indigenous Storytelling Series

Winter is Storytelling Season

Indigenous Storytelling Series | Wisconsin Historical Society

In Ojibwe culture, winter is storytelling season. The Wisconsin Historical Society is celebrating by featuring Ojibwe storytellers in a four-part virtual series every Tuesday evening from Jan. 25 - Feb. 15, 2022.


January 25, 2022: Michael Laughing Fox Charette
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Michael Laughing Fox Charette

Michael Laughing Fox Charette, a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (located in Northern Wisconsin), engages and delights diverse audiences with poetry, flute, drum, and storytelling performances that weave Indigenous teachings into a modern day context. His strong respect for all cultures resonates in his performances.

As a self-taught Native flute player, Michael enhances his stories with hauntingly beautiful flute and drum performance. Growing up surrounded by the beauty of Lake Superior and the woods led him to dedicate his gifts as an artist to gently teaching about Native history, culture, and spirituality. His work as both a visual and performance artist is varied and tied together by the traditional wisdom of the Anishinaabe people, which is respectfully incorporated into his work. Michael captivates audiences with his authentic, relaxed style.

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February 1, 2022: Edith Leoso
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Edith Leoso

Edith Leoso is a Bad River Tribal member working as the Tribal Historic Presevation Officer since 2005. She has been a discussant and presenter on tribal historic preservation for a variety of audiences on a local, regional, national, and international level. In 2015, she co-authored "Ganawendan Ginibiminaan: Mobilizing with the Bad River Ojibwe Community for Watersheds-At-Risk" with Jessie Conaway, Ph.D., Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, UW-Madison. In 2010, Edith received her Associate of Arts degree from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Lac Courte Oreilles, Wisconsin. Her story was published in Love Wisconsin in 2018. She was recently featured in the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts Report, an online interactive paper. She is also featured in the YouTube video "Stewards of All Creation."

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February 8, 2022: Biskakone Greg Johnson
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Biskakone Greg Johnson

Biskakone Greg Johnson is a proud member of the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. He is a devoted partner and father to four beautiful children. Greg is a teacher, both in the school system and community. You can find him sharing his passion for traditional, seasonal Anishinaabe living with communities throughout the Great Lakes region. He is a hunter, gatherer, spear fisherman, and fierce advocate for treaty rights. His efforts to further sovereignty for the Anishinaabe have been featured in multiple publications. Biskakone is also an acclaimed artist and graphic designer. He has mastered the art of Ojibwe moccasin-making and is motivated to raise up the next generation of makers in this field. Biskakone's commitment to family, ceremonies, and community will always be foremost in his life.

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February 15, 2022: Leon C. Valliere "Ozaawaagosh"
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Leon C. Valliere, "Ozaawaagosh"

Leon C. Valliere, also known as Ozaawaagosh, is a recognized elder and ceremonial leader who currently serves the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians as director of the Ojibwe Language Program. Teaching in the Lac du Flambeau Public School, Lakeland Union High School, and Lac du Flambeau community, Mr. Valliere serves students of all ages. In addition, Mr. Valliere also provides instruction, consultation, and curriculum to other Ojibwe language programs in the region.

Ozaawaagosh considers himself to be fortunate, as his upbringing included fluent Ojibwe language speakers in his household and community. He was raised by a traditional hunting, fishing, and gathering family. Ozaawaagosh continues this lifestyle and promotes the "original" aspects of Ojibwe culture within the community known as "Waaswaaganing."

Ozaawaagosh also promotes bi-cultural existence and survival. He continually encourages youth to reach their full potential. Mr. Valliere's formal education was obtained at UW-Stout; however, he credits time spent with noted elders in the northern territory as his true education. His interests include birchbark canoe building, Ojibwe history, and Ojibwe music.

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Liz Arbuckle
c/o Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
29270 Co Hwy G
Ashland, WI 54806
Phone: 715-685-2667