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Lac Du Flambeau Students Launch Birch Bark Canoe

11 Jun News

Yesterday students in Lac du Flambeau saw the culmination of a project showing a canoe is more than just transportation.

The project, known as These Canoes Carry Culture, was a joint collaboration between multiple groups including University of Wisconsin, and LDF students in Project Envision. It was spearheaded by Wayne Valliere of Lac du Flambeau. The project involved the handmade building of a traditional birch-bark canoe using natural materials harvested in the area.

It is all part of an effort to learn about and honor Ojibwe culture and centuries old technological skill within the context of a contemporary public school.

The canoe will eventually be displayed at Dejope Hall in Madison. But first the canoe had a launch yesterday in Lac du Flambeau. A presentation was held on the school campus that discussed the project, the culture and tradition of the birch bark canoe.

The canoe was than walked by the students to Lake Pokegama where Valliere and an Envision student paddled the waters under blue skies.

To learn more about the canoe and program including pictures visit