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Rock Your Mocs Run Success

Ultra Endurance running has a new face and it’s a regional one. Largely due to the group of the local Indigenous Women’s Running Group, the Kwe Pack, (kwe is Ojibwemowin for woman) record numbers of Native runners have been participating in half marathons, 25k, marathons, and ultra races (over 26.2). They have been running together for over 4 years promoting wellness, running, healthy lifestyles, and endurance running in the Native community. The week of November 8 is “Rock Your Mocs” week, a week to promote awareness, cultural pride, and cultural arts in and around Native American communities. To promote running and moccasin making the group coordinated moccasin making workshops as well as the run on Sunday. 76 new and experienced...

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Houseofhowes and Fond du Lac Reservation invest in a community cohort of moccasin makers "Makazinikewin"

Over the past three months Houseofhowes artist Sarah Agaton Howes and the Fond du Lac Reservation has been in a Makazinikewin partnership to invest in their community.  In response to high demand and repeated requests, both the Public Health Department, and Community Centers have brought Houseofhowes in to teach Ojibwe Pucker Toe Moccasin Making or "Makazinikewin".   We want to be able to have a moccasin maker in each family.  This is an investment in our community today and tomorrow.  We are building in identity, pride, connection, and community through these Makazinikewin classes.  The look of amazement, pride, and joy these artists have is the greatest reward.  There is ever increasing demand for our traditional teachings here in Fond du Lac and across...

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Anishinaabeg use Ojibwe Floral Beadwork as Covert Art

 The Woodlands area tribes specialize in "Floral" beadwork designs. Anishinaabeg (also commonly called Ojibwe) have always adorned our lives  with the beauty around us. However, during the time when our traditional medicines were outlawed, demonized, and silenced elders say the teachings of our medicines were passed along using floral.  As Native people we have adapted our arts, lifeways, and aesthetic to pass along our health and knowledge.  Our beadwork on the Mashkimod (Bandolier) bags often reflects this tradition and they often have a special pocket for medicine.       

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