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Past Events

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Last Dance At The Old Bowl - Pow Wow (more info)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Benefit for construction of the new Waaswaaganing Indian Bowl—a Living Arts and Culture Center (more info)

Image: Dancers
Image: Dancers

August 19, 2012 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Woodland Ways - 4th Annual Benefit for Northwoods NiiJii's Woodland Indian Arts Initiative (more info)

Woodland Ways - 4th Annual Benefit

August 24, 2012 9am – 3pm
August 25, 2012 9am – noon

Native Writers Workshop & Public Reading (more info) (flyer)

Woodland Ways - 4th Annual Benefit

These workshops are for established and emerging Native writers, poets, and Native artists interested in expanding their voices through the written word. Workshops will be facilitated by Tinker Schuman, Heid Erdrich, and Ardie Medina.

June, July, and August 2012

Classes, Workshops and Art Tours at the Woodland Indian Art Center

We are in our third year of offering high quality, unique, and fun arts programming and we invite you to join us this summer! As you’ll see, there are a variety of classes offered—make a dream catcher, a beaded medicine pouch or a drum, come to a creative writing weekend, tour Native artists' studios, or just join us for Game Night, where we break out the board games, cards and cribbage boards for a few hours of good clean competition! To see the full listing, see the calendar or view the catalog in pdf format.


Wednesday-Thursday, May 16th-17th, 2012

Northern Wisconsin Wolf River Tourism Conference
Mole Lake Casino Conference Center
(Click here for more info)

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Golf Outing at Nicolet Country Club. Laona, WI


As a business earning a living from or promoting northern Wisconsin's valuable tourism industry, our future success depends in part on the knowledge and skills we utilize in serving visitors of northern Wisconsin's Wolf River area; this while also protecting the natural, cultural, and other resources that provide the foundation. Building a sustainable tourism economy in the Wolf River area can be strengthened through a collaboration of efforts and education on a local and regional level.

The 2012 Northern Wisconsin Wolf River Tourism Conference featured:
  •  Business breakout sessions - Image and branding the Wolf River area experience;
  •  Danish author/adventurer Benedicte Riis, and Susan Thering, PhD, Design Coalition;
  •  A trade show (business, government, nonprofits, woodland Indian arts & crafts vendors...)
  •  Honoring Veterans Folk Concert; and
  •  The Mole Masters Spring Swing golf outing on May 18th.

The conference was sponsored in part by: Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community and Sokaogon Mole Lake Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa.

Many Trails - NiiJii Native Arts GatheringFriday, May 18, 2012 8:00am – 4:30pm
Saturday, May 19, 2012 8:00am – noon

Many Trails ~ NiiJii Native Arts Gathering
Lake of the Torches Convention Center (more info)

Many Trails ~ NiiJii Native Arts Gathering brought together Native artists, arts organizations, administrators, and culture bearers from across the Woodland region for a two-day gathering. The focus of the event was on sharing best practices, leadership development, networking, and the exchange of knowledge, resources, and technical skills for Native artists. Participants increased their opportunities to collaborate with other artists and arts organizations, exchange ideas, and build relationships between Native artists and organizations that exist to support Native artists.

Monday, October 24, 2011 11:00 am – 4:00pm

The Artists Toolbox Open House
Campanile Center for the Arts (more info) (flyer)

An informational Open House for artists (musicians, performers, visual arts, Native American artists, writers, poets) and non-profit arts & cultural organizations, and for-profit art businesses. Provided information about the variety of resources, tools, and services available to artists.

Campanile Center for the Arts

August 14, 2011 3:00pm – 8:00pm

Woodland Ways - 3rd Annual Benefit for Northwoods NiiJii's Woodland Indian Arts Initiative (more info)

Woodland Ways - 3rd Annual Benefit

February, 2011

Architectural Design Competition: Native American Arts & Cultural Facility (more info)

Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community, Inc. was awarded a LINC/Ford Foundation Space for Change Pre-Planning grant for the renovation of a historic downtown Native arts and cultural space. Northwoods NiiJii held a national design competition for preliminary drawings for the renovation of the Lac du Flambeau Indian Bowl. The winning design was from the Design Coalition (Madison WI).

design winner

Tuesday-Wednesday, May 12th-13th, 2011, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CST

Wisconsin Wolf River Tourism Conference (more info)

The first annual Wisconsin Wolf River Tourism Conference promoted sustainable and environmentally friendly tourism in the historic and pristine Wolf River area in Northeastern Wisconsin. In addition to the opening keynote address by Richard D. Ackley, Jr. (Sokaogon Chippewa), the conference included several field trips, a trade show, and a celestial photography outing on the Sokaogon Mole Lake Chippewa Indian Reservation.

October 23rd, 2010, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Folk Arts Apprenticeships & Wisconsin Native Artists (more info)

Folk arts specialist Richard March told the story of the Wisconsin Arts Board Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program, and gave a presentation about the artisans who participated and the art objects they created.

October 19th - 20th, 2010, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Northwoods Tribal Leadership Summit (more info)

The purpose of the Northwoods Tribal Leadership Summit was to strengthen Tribal nations through leadership development. Such leadership development entails providing Tribal leaders with critical knowledge and resources, whereby they may constructively utilize opportunities that benefit the community. It recognizes that Tribal leadership is a circle of relationships--whether between local leaders and their constituents, or nation to nation--working together with respect to sovereignty and self-determination, and today's system of governance with traditional values.

Sunday, August 15, 2010, Noon - 10:00 pm

NiiJii Woodland Indian Art Center Symposium (more info)

The Second Annual Woodland Indian Arts Symposium was held on August 15, 2010. The symposium was hosted at Dillmans Creative Arts Foundation and sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the Wisconsin Arts Board. The event brought together humanities experts and master artists including folklorist and scholar with the Wisconsin Arts Board Richard March, Ojibwe Language Program Director Leon Valliere, and artists Frank Montano, Greg Johnson, Jerry LaBarge, Sandy and David Peterson, and Bobby “Bullet” St. Germaine for a conversation on the connection between the natural environment and traditional art making materials and techniques of Native Woodland artists. Click below to watch the symposium.

Wisconsin Arts BoardWisconsin Arts BoardThis program was made possible in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board and Wisconsin Humanities Council, with additional funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Woodland Indian Arts Center - Grand Opening (more info)

December 2009

Woodland Arts Holiday Sale (more info)

Friday, August 14, 2009


Wade Fernandez with Darren Thompson (more info)

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Miikawaadad! (Something Good to Look At!) (more info)

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