Friends' Newsletter Spring
2006 vol. 4 no. 1
| Director's Column | Documentary
Discs | The Landscape of Cultivation | Miracles of the Spirit |
| Polkabilly | News From Iowa | Announcements |
"The Landscape Tapestry of Cultivation"
Photo courtesy of Northern Great Lakes
Exhibit at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center Running Through
natural environment of the Bayfield peninsula and Chequamegon
Bay watershed provide texture for an uncommon mix of harvested
foods and cultivation practices in Wisconsin’s Lake Superior
Region. Woven into that texture is the deep cultural history and
mixed ethnic heritage of the region that together, creates a distinct
landscape tapestry of cultivation in this region. This exhibit
presents four of the most distinctly regional foods – those
that are grown here and identify this region, its environment,
people, and their common heritage.
of orchards, Ojibwe gardens, wild rice harvests, and maple syrup
production are told visually and texturally through artwork, maps,
sketches, photography, narrative, and material culture –
both indoors and out. "'Orchard growers from the Bayfield area
have participated and donated some fantastic agricultural implements
for display, and visitors have come in to see these artifacts,”
said Susan Nelson,an interpreter and educator with the U.S. Forrest
Service. For each food husbandry theme, the exhibit also illustrates
contemporary stewardship activities aimed at reviving or protecting
the food landscape and the traditions that go with it. “Bad
River Tribal support has also been amazing," said Nelson.
Many who have been interviewed or heard about the exhibit have
come in to see how everything turned out.”
Visitors can view this exhibit at the Northern
Great Lakes Visitor Center from 9 am to 5 pm daily and it
will run through December 2006.
|Wild rice and harvesting tools.
Photo courtesy of Janet Silbernagel..
This exhibit was funded in
part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds
from the National Endowment for the Humanities and support from
the Wisconsin Historical Society. Any views, findings, conclusions
or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily
represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports public program that
engage the people of Wisconsin in the exploration of human cultures,
ideas, and values.
Information provided by Janet
Silbernagel, Associate Professor, College of Agriculture and Life