Chautauqua at Old Crossing
a legendary space in time
Exactly halfway between the Red River and the Red Lake, along the shores of the Red Lake River, is a place called Old Crossing. For hundreds of years, human beings have been gathering here to trade and communicate.
French Canadian voyageurs, Metis traders, Dakota and Ojibwe warriors, American settlers, and more. All made use of an old knotted tree at Old Crossing to leave messages to one another in it like a sacred cairn.
Some years ago, a flood drove sheets of ice on the river over the shore and destroyed the message tree at Old Crossing. The 36th annual Chautauqua this August 25-27 is an attempt to carry on the message tree's tradition of servitude, inclusivity, and sincere communication.
Old Crossing Treaty Park is located in Huot near Red Lake Falls. in west central Minnesota.
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Travel & Communication
'The Crow' - Thomas X
Opioid overdoses are increasing. Red Lake Ojibwe empower youth to engage their culture with music. Filmed in Red Lake Nation. July 2016.
'Rezolution' - Thomas X
Resilience is a valuable indigenous trait. Decisions made now are known to influence the next seven generations and beyond. Filmed in Red Lake Nation. April 2016.
French-Canadian and Metis heritage celebration. Students learn unexpected lesson of Louis Riel.
Filmed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. April 2016.
Mic Jordan - NODAPL
'Dear Native Youth' + more.
Filmed in Standing Rock Nation. September 2016.
thomas x - nodapl
'I Stand with Standing Rock'
Filmed in Standing Rock Nation at #NODAPL Red Warrior Camp. September 2016.
Footage appears in vice:
'Hip Hop @ Standing Rock'
Grand Forks, N.D.
In May 2016, a community gathered in a packed theatre to discuss increasing substance abuse and overdose deaths.
MeiLi Smith's film 'Faded' tells stories of those we have lost.
"There's a lot of weird things we have embedded in this culture...We have a communication gap." - MeiLi Smith
Exploring the human-environment relationship
The Western Meadowlark is the state bird of North Dakota. Like the human cultures that have grown on the landscape for millennia, the wildlife and natural ecosystem have depended on native tall grass prairie. Today, it's nearly all gone from the state. Soon, the meadowlark may be too.
Winnipeg wildlife society
Sandbagger News goes to Wildlife Society conference in Winnipeg. Students learn to communicate science with art & connect with others over shared ideas.
HPB Fundraiser thank-you
Students from UND's College of Arts & Sciences spent the summer on the Hudson Bay working with wildlife conservation. We couldn't have done it without the fundraising efforts of the UND Alumni Association. This is a huge thank you to our supporters -- and it comes with a promise that we'll continue to do all we can with the experiences you've helped us share.
We are sandbagger
Sand-bag-ger: (noun, singular)
One who finds is-self
volunteering to do what's right,
especially if the odds are against is
and the voices of many call out
to give in or give up.
Sand-bag-ger: (noun, collective)
A tribe of souls who find their existence
too beautiful, mystifying, and meaningless
to let complacency turn magic into misery.
A revolution - coming full circle - rallying others
to the sandbag wall to use their gifts
for the benefit of all.
We are sandbagger, and so are you.
Only together, we sandbag on.