Birchbark with Pat Kruse
St. Paul, MN 55102
Explore the Our Home: Native Minnesota exhibit and speak with artists about their work. From 10:30 am-noon and 1-3 pm, birchbark, quillwork, and cultural teacher Pat Kruse (Red Cliff Band of Superior Chippewa & Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) will show examples of his work and demonstrate techniques he uses to create his art.
Kruse on his work: "A birchbarker for over 30 years, I am greatly influenced by my mother, Clara Kruse, a member of Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. I remake old-style Ojibwe birchbark and quill baskets, picturesques, and other birchbark art. Sharing cultural teachings and telling stories through my art is way to celebrate my Ojibwe heritage and to honor ancestors before me.
By bringing back to life old-style Ojibwe art, I honor traditional art. Like my ancestors, I use tools that are readily available. With deep respect for birchbark, I waste nothing, leftover birchbark is used for small pieces of art. Using the different colors of the bark is symbolic, like the many shades of the bark so are Indigenous peoples."
2020-04-25 10:30:00 2020-04-25 10:30:00 America/Chicago Birchbark with Pat Kruse Minnesota History Center