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Long Lake Conservation Center to host traditional Ojibwe storytelling event

Michael Migizi Sullivan will share a traditional Aadizookaan — a sacred story often about a legend or myth. The event is free and open to everyone. Prior to the storytelling, the registrants are invited to an hourlong, naturalist-guided nature hike.

Photo of Michael Migizi Sullivan, an Ojibwe storyteller.
Michael Migizi Sullivan
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PALISADE — Storyteller Michael Migizi Sullivan will share traditional Ojibwe stories as part of an Ojibwe Legends Storytelling event at 6:30 pm. Feb. 26 at Long Lake Conservation Center.

The event will feature an Aadizookaan — a sacred story often about a legend or myth, in this case Wenabozho, a historical and spiritual icon of the Ojibwe-Anishinaabeg. Sullivan will first tell the stories in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) and then in English.

“Being able to provide the people of Aitkin County, and beyond, the opportunity to get a glimpse into both the rich history and vibrant modern Ojibwe culture is an honor,” Long Lake Manager Dave McMillan said in a news release. “I hope to see a lot of young faces in the audience.”

The event is free and open to everyone. In-person attendance is limited to the first 200 people, but the event will also be available via Zoon. Pre-registration is required. All attendees are required to wear a mask while indoors. To learn more and to pre-register, go to longlakecc.org/storytelling , or call 218-768-4653

Prior to the storytelling, the registrants are invited to an hourlong, naturalist-guided nature hike beginning at 4:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served at 5:30 p.m., with the storytelling beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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The event is made possible in part by a grant awarded to Long Lake by the Northland Foundation.

Sullivan is an Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) linguist from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe reservation in northern Wisconsin. He is currently the Native American Studies Faculty director at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College and previously served as the resident linguist for the Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Immersion School. Sullivan has traveled extensively across Ojibwe country exploring regional language variation and works closely with elders and tribes in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Ontario. He is a firm believer in an Anishinabe-centric self-determined pedagogy grounded in Anishinaabe language, worldview, and spiritual lifestyle. Sullivan currently resides with his family in the Skunawong community on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation where he enjoys the outdoors. He and his children enjoy singing at powwows, round dances, and ceremonies throughout the year.

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