Ojibwe birchbark canoe returns to Lake Mendota after 10 years, connecting to 1,000s of years of art and culture

Ten years after it first cut through Lake Mendota, a traditional birchbark canoe returned to the water, paddled by its maker, Wayne Valliere. On Oct. 4, 2023, Thomas DuBois, professor in the Department of German, Nordi, and Slavic+, Valliere, Tim Frandy, assistant professor of Nordic studies at the University of British Columbia, and Marcus Cederström, folklife curator and lecturer in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+, launched the canoe for a second time.

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