Miigwech bi mawadishiweyan
Welcome to Headwaters Music & Arts!
Natalie Gille, the Music Program Manager at Headwaters Music & Arts,
is pictured at the entryway under the new indoor signage.
A celebration is planned for tomorrow, January 20th, in Bemidji to celebrate the installation of new signage at the Headwaters Music & Arts.
The signage, with both English and Ojibwe translations, is demonstrable of the Headwaters’ ongoing efforts toward creating a welcoming space. In March, the organization established a land acknowledgement to pay respect to the Indigenous peoples on whose ancestral homelands the building is located and to celebrate the cultural significance that Indigenous music and arts bring to the community.
To celebrate, the Headwaters Music & Arts is hosting a performance featuring Annie Humphrey with David Huckfelt. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, Bemidji. Tickets, on a sliding-fee scale, range from $5 to $20.
Annie, the featured artist, was commissioned by Headwaters to design, build, and install the indoor signage with both English and Ojibwemowin translations.
Additionally, the Headwaters is celebrating the installation of a new outdoor sign as well.
Funds from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, contributed toward the indoor signage and the event: $2,000 was granted from the Frederick Marshall Fund and $2,000 was granted from the North Star Arts Fund. Both are sub funds of the BAAE.
The Midco Foundation provided funding for the outdoor signs, and Dr. Anton Treuer provided the translations.
About the artists:
Annie Humphrey: Born and raised on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, Annie Humphrey performs both regionally and nationally. In addition to being an Anishinaabe singer and songwriter, Annie is a poet, teacher, and carpenter. She was named Artist of the Year at the 2018 Native American Music Awards. Her latest album, Eat What You Kill, was released in 2019 and is a meditation on accountability and gratitude. www.anniehumphreymusic.com
David Huckfelt: Annie frequently performs with Minneapolis folk-activist and songwriter David Huckfelt, founding member and front man for The Pines. His new record Room Enough, Time Enough is about restoring balance, space and attention, peace and equality, redeeming the marginalized, and remembering the forgotten. www.davidhuckfelt.com
Jeremy Ylvisaker: Multi-instrumentalist and member of the indie rock bands Alpha Consumer and The Cloak Ox, Jeremy has traveled and performed extensively with Annie and David. Annie shares, “Jeremy is a legendary guitarist. His contribution to the songs is spirit moving.” https://first-avenue.com/performer/jeremy-ylvisaker/