UMD library hosts traveling exhibit“Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country,” a national traveling exhibition coming to the University of Minnesota Duluth Library Jan. 4 to Feb. 25 tells the story of the explorers’ historic 1804-1806 expedition from the point of view of the Indians who lived along the route.
“Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country,” a national traveling exhibition coming to the University of Minnesota Duluth Library Jan. 4 to Feb. 25 tells the story of the explorers’ historic 1804-1806 expedition from the point of view of the Indians who lived along the route.
The exhibit is free will be on display in the library’s fourth floor rotunda reading room. The UMD Library was selected as one of 27 sites for this six-year national traveling exhibition.
A traditional opening ceremony at 6 p.m. on Jan. 15 includes drumming, prayer and welcome statements by guests and UMD Library Director Bill Sozansky in UMD’s Weber Music Hall, followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibit at the library. Refreshments provided by Friends of the Duluth Public Library.
The public is welcome at the opening ceremony and the reception and to view the exhibit.
Associated events will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the Lewis and Clark expedition. Dr. Bruce White, who wrote We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe People, will speak on the topic “Avoiding Discovery: Lewis and Clark from a Minnesota Point of View” in the Kirby Ballroom, UMD campus, starting at 7 p.m. Jan. 28.
On Feb. 11, 6:30-10 p.m., a panel of UMD American Indian Studies faculty will lead further discussion in Kirby Ballroom, UMD. Presenters will include Linda LeGarde Grover, David Aubid, Jill Doerfler, and Heidi Kiiwtinepinesiik Stark.
During their journey to the Pacific coast and back, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their small group of voyagers crossed the traditional homelands of more than 50 Native American tribes. The exhibit examines this monumental encounter of cultures and the past and present effects of that encounter on the lives of the tribes still living in the region.
A related UMD Library in-house exhibit presents information on the history of local Indian country. Selected Great Lakes regional maps show northeast Minnesota in a larger context. Photographs from the Library’s Northeast Minnesota Historical Center archives depict area Ojibwe individuals, families, and homes from communities including Nett Lake, Grand Marais, Grand Portage, Fond du Lac, and Duluth.