1st Annual Anishinaabe Art Festival Held in Bemidji

ByJames I. Robertson

Jul 23, 2022

Friday was a day of celebration as the Anishinaabe Art Festival held its ribbon-cutting ceremony that morning, marking the start of a new annual celebration where the three tribes of Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth come together with the city of Bemidji by art and Culture.

There are over 70 art vendor stalls with a variety of handcrafted items such as beaded jewelry, photography, star quilts, clothing, and acrylic paintings.

Other Friday activities included demonstration rooms for hand drum making, fringe dress making and birch bark basket weaving. The evening ended with a fashion show presenting creations by several artists.

On Saturday, July 23, there will be beaded earring demonstration rooms, a performing arts show and a tea bar, as well as a variety of authentic Aboriginal foods.

An event like this goes beyond art and creativity. It is an opportunity for a variety of cultures and the community of Bemidji to come together to support each other.

This is a free event open to the public which will continue until Saturday at the Sanford Center in Bemidji. The Saturday festivities will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. More information can be at artfestivalbemidji.com.

The Sanford Center is located at 1111 Event Center Dr NE, Bemidji, MN 56601.

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