Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa brings the traveling “We Are Water MN” exhibit to Great Lakes Aquarium
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa presents “We Are Water MN”, a traveling exhibit and community engagement initiative at Great Lakes Aquarium, March 10-April 22. “We Are Water MN” is a partnership among state agencies and host sites, formed to tell Minnesota’s water stories collaboratively, bringing together personal narratives, historical materials, and scientific information. This interactive exhibit showcases our human relationship with water with special emphasis on water stories from the Fond du Lac community.
The public is invited to visit the exhibit in the Aquarium lobby from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday through Saturday. An opening ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 10, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The opening ceremony is free and open to the public and will include speakers, activities and light refreshments.
“At Great Lakes Aquarium, we foster visitors’ sense of place, a feeling of connection to our local landscapes, waterways, and wildlife. This exhibit and event series does just that. It showcases the personal stories, scientific research, and creative endeavors of people in our watershed. We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the Fond du Lac community on this project and look forward to engaging people with water through the We are Water exhibit”, said Sarah Erickson, Great Lakes Aquarium Director, and Learning and Engagement.
Shannon Judd, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Environmental Education and Outreach Coordinator, says “We are really excited for this exhibit to begin. It emphasizes the importance of water to this region and specifically showcases the Fond du Lac Band’s relationship with water. Being placed at the Aquarium gives the exhibit great visibility and elicits a feeling of the deep connections we all share with water. Our team has worked hard planning for this exhibit and our hope is to create an experience that will enhance people’s own relationship with water while also highlighting the importance of the connection between the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and water in this place.”
As a part of the exhibit’s stay in Duluth, Fond du Lac is also hosting a series of events about water throughout the region.
March 10 – Exhibit Opening 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Great Lakes Aquarium
March 23 – Snowshoe Walk at Jay Cooke State Park
March 29 – Paint Night with Karen Savage-Blue at Great Lakes Aquarium
April 4 – Treaty Fishing Rights Panel at Great Lakes Aquarium
April 6– Native Plants and Herbal Concoctions Workshop at Great Lakes Aquarium
April 12 – Fond du Lac Youth Climate Convening 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
April 12 – “Photo, food and water” – photography display, wild rice cook-off and the Water Bar at American Indian Housing Community Housing Organization
April 18 – Blue Heron Shipboard Science at Great Lakes Aquarium
April 22 – Earth Day event, details TBD
Please visit our Facebook page for up-to-date information on all of the events: https://www.facebook.com/FDLwearewater/
In addition toFond du Lac and Duluth, the exhibition will tour seven other communities in Minnesota from Oct. 12, 2018, through Nov. 2, 2019. Host communities include: St. Paul, Bemidji, Crookston, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids, and Onamia. “We Are Water MN” is a partnership of MHC, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, The Minnesota Historical Society, and the Minnesota Departments of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources and is supported by the Arts & Cultural Heritage Legacy Amendment from the state of Minnesota. More information about the exhibition can be found at https://mnhum.org/we-are-water-mn/.