This concert is part of the Spurlock Museum’s 17th annual Winter Tales celebration honoring the cultures of Indigenous Americans and the wisdom and practices they share with others. Also included in this year’s events are a talk on the environmental work being done by many tribal communities, a talk on powwows, and an educator workshop. Visit the Spurlock Museum’s website (www.spurlock.edu) for dates and times. All events are free.
Bizhikiins is the name that was given to Dylan Jennings. He is a Bad River Tribal member and a UW Madison Alumni. In addition, Mr. Jennings is an elected Tribal Council Member for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. As an elected official, Mr. Jennings works diligently to provide opportunities for the 8,000 tribal members he serves. He serves as the appointed Council Liaison for the JOM Education Committee, and is also a member of the Bad River Drug Task Force. He is a staunch advocate for education, language preservation and environmental protection. Dylan also serves as a cultural resources specialist and archaeologist. His training and experience with fieldwork, reporting, and curating, have helped multiple tribal communities throughout the region. Dylan is an avid participant in local ceremonies and customs and is a lifelong Ojibwe language learner.
Dylan has emceed and presented at many venues across the United States and Canada. He is also a champion singer and a traditional dancer on the pow-wow circuit. He has performed all over the world. He is also a traditional drum maker and artist. Dylan began storytelling at a young age and is passionate about sharing the Indigenous way of life. “Storytelling and the lessons learned from our traditional stories are timeless pieces of knowledge that can help us laugh, heal, and grow into the wise people that our communities need.”—Dylan Bizhikiins Jennings