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Anthropologist Sean Dunham to present at BCHS Brown Bag event

The Beltrami County Historical Society will host Chippewa National Forest Heritage Program Manager Sean Dunham as the Brown Bag History speaker at noon on Thursday, June 16, at the history center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

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The Beltrami County History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Ave. SW in Bemidji.
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BEMIDJI — The Beltrami County Historical Society will host Chippewa National Forest Heritage Program Manager Sean Dunham as the Brown Bag History speaker at noon on Thursday, June 16, at the history center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

Dunham will present "Learning from the Trees: Fire history and cultural burning on Star Island."

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Anthropologist Sean Dunham.
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Dunham's research interests revolve around the relationship between people, their culture, and their environment in the Northwoods of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

According to a release, before his career with the Forest Service, Dunham worked in the private sector as a heritage consultant working on a variety of heritage-related projects. Sean holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Michigan State University.

The Chippewa National Forest is engaged in a collaborative partnership involving the Leech Lake Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Leech Lake Tribal College and the University of Minnesota.

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Fire history across the Leech Lake Nation and the National Forest is currently being explored, with the most complete part of the project so far being on Star Island, Windigoominis in Ojibwe, where there is a tree ring chronology that extends back to the 1670s, the release said.

The fire history is being collected through dendrochronology and the data is suggesting that the forest on Star Island, and in other parts of the National Forest, were created and maintained over time by Ojibwe people. This presentation will provide an overview of the project and where the process is currently, the release said.

The event is free to the public but space is limited so registration is strongly encouraged. Attendees are welcome to bring their own sack lunch and beverage to the event.

For more information visit, www.beltramihistory.org or call (218) 444-3376.

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