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BCHS, Bemidji Public Library to present Niimi’idiwag program series

The Beltrami County Historical Society and Bemidji Public Library will present the exhibit Niimi’idiwag (They Dance), which explores the history of the Anishinaabe powwow, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 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.
(Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer)

BEMIDJI — The Beltrami County Historical Society and Bemidji Public Library will present the exhibit Niimi’idiwag (They Dance), which explores the history of the Anishinaabe powwow, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, at the history center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

In addition to the exhibit at the history center, the Bemidji Public Library and the Beltrami County Historical Society will host a series of free programs focusing on the culture and history of the Anishinaabe, a release said.

They will highlight the significance of powwow music, regalia, dance and culture.

The subjects and dates of the events are:

  • Battle of Sugar Point with Cecelia McKeig — 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at the Bemidji Public Library.
  • Powwow Music: The Drum Circle — 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at the history center.
  • Exploring Powwow Regalia and Dance — 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at the history center.
  • All About Fry Bread with Tana Morgan-Robinson — 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, at Harmony Foods Co-op.

The Niimi’idiwag exhibit at the history center will include photographs, archival records, audio-video, and artifacts on and of the powwow, both vintage and modern.

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On display in the far west gallery, opposite the permanent Red Lake Nation display and the statues of Shaynowishkung that were previously at Lake Bemidji, will be information panels and items from the Beltrami County Historical Society as well as materials on loan from community partners, a release said.

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