Art is how I’ve been immersing myself in culture, learning the values and responsibilities of being an Anishinaabewe. As I learn, it is my duty to share and give back.

Caitlin Newago

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Caitlin Newago (Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians), 28, comes from the beautiful Northwoods of WI, on the South shore of Lake Superior. She is a dedicated mother and proud member of the Bear Clan, who are knowledge bearers and healers. She has experience and training in traditional Ojibwe quillwork on birchbark, drawing and painting, mural making, and has most recently enjoyed making digital art and exploring new software. For Newago, art allows her to immerse herself in Anishinaabekwe culture, heal from past trauma, and help end the cycles of abuse in her community.

Newago’s Dream is to help heal and connect her community, and make Anishinaabe knowledge accessible by making digital art, into physical prints.  These prints will illustrate the significance of plant relatives, specifically including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries and will also include a text description of the plants and their importance. She plans to give prints to the new library in Bad River, make available online, and provide them free of cost to other cultural venues, tribal schools, and for Anishinaabe people.

“I began digital art to aid in creating a different narrative of indigenous peoples in mainstream society. Were often seen as ancient, mythical people who no longer exist. Our histories are often told with deliberate inaccuracies, and lump indigenous people into one Pan-Indian culture.”

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