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2023 Events


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November 2-5, 2023 at Camp Lakamaga in Marine on St Croix, MN


Today in honor of Pride Month, we are highlighting our first Native queer icon. Today we will be discussing Ozaawindib, also known as Yellow Head. They were born in roughly the mid-to-late 1700’s. Ozaawindib's father was Wiishkobak, a chief of the Leech Lake Pillagers. We wish we could include a picture of Ozaawindib, but unfortunately there are no extant photographs or paintings of this individual. Ozaawindib seems to have identified as what we now would call Two-Spirit; they were assigned male at birth, but as they grew they began to identify themselves more with feminine attributes and ways of being. In Ojibwe culture, Ozaawindib was known as aayaakwe, someone who identifies with female characteristics. They were known to have several husbands, in each of these relationships apparently taking on a feminine role. In 1832 while traveling along the Brule River, Ozaawindib came across Henry Schoolcraft as he was on his expedition to try and find the headwaters of the Mississippi. They were hired by Schoolcraft as a guide and helped him find Omashkoozo-Zaaga’igan (Elk Lake), also known as Lake Itasca, which is the lake where the Mississippi River begins its journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Due to the fact that gender identity is a complex thing, both then and now, and due to the fact that Ozaawindib lived over 200 years ago and we do not have any of their own words to describe their own feelings towards their gender, it would be inappropriate to assign them the label of “transgender” (which is why we’ve chosen to use they/them pronouns here). However, it is clear that at the very least, this person did not conform to the traditional expectations of their gender assigned at birth, and that they preferred a feminine role in society. Thus, they can be considered a Native queer icon due to their gender nonconformity and also due to their important role within Minnesota history. Ozaawindib lives on today in place names such as Lake Plantagenet (Ozaawindibe-zaaga'igan) and Schoolcraft River (Ozaawindibe-ziibi) in the Ojibwe language, and as Yellow Head Point of Lake Itasca in English. ... See MoreSee Less
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In 1917, The Met purchased this portrait of a young woman artist for $200,000. At the time, it was thought to be painted by the male Neoclassical artist, Jacques-Louis David—but more than half a century later, when art historian Margaret Oppenheimer reevaluated that attribution, she made a surprising discovery.🎧 NOW AVAILABLE 🎧 We're thrilled to partner with Katy Hessel on a new audio guide, "Museums Without Men," spotlighting just some of the many women artists in The Met collection—like Marie Denise Villers.Start listening:🎨 Marie Denise Villers (French, 1774–1821). Marie Joséphine Charlotte du Val d’Ognes (1786–1868), 1801. Oil on canvas. ... See MoreSee Less
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Have you experienced the 1784 Pub?!Located in the oldest part of Michie Tavern, the pub is open 3:30-7 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!Enjoy a glass of fresh, local Virginia beer, wine, or hard cider. A hearty pub menu offers delicacies such as our famous fried chicken tenders, country ham biscuits, fried green tomatoes, southern baked mac n' cheese, and more.Experience the sights and sounds of what it may have been like as a traveler in the 18th century looking for a bit of refreshment and nourishment. Perhaps you will strike up a conversation with a fellow visitor or partake in a colonial game. ... See MoreSee Less
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