Gifts For The River Panel Discussion

Join Denison Visiting Scholar and interdisciplinary artist Ty Defoe for an engaging panel discussion on “Gifts For The River,” a celebration of the Chippewa River and the communities that live along it. Gifts For The River is an online living notebook of artistic, musical, cinematic, and environmental contributions which will be shared and discussed at the event, along with local poetry and video projections.


Gifts For The River seeks to:

  • Honor the intersections of nature, story, art, traditional ecological knowledge, and community

  • Encourage peace through intercultural engagements

  • Help foster a deeper sense of place

  • Preserve Mother Earth

  • Acknowledgment of local tribal nations and the sanctity of the earth's waters

Participants will include:

  • Ty Defoe, Interdisciplinary artist, Oneida and Ojibwe Nations

  • Denise Whitebread-Fanning, Installation Artist

  • Ari Berk, Ph.D., Professor of Folklore and Mythology, CMU

  • Kate Freer, Multimedia Design/Documentary Filmmaker

  • Adelka Polak, Mixed Media Performing Artist and the Artistic Director & founder of Sova Dance & Puppet Theater based in Connecticut

  • Taylor Brook, Watershed Outreach Coordinator, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe (Nation)

  • Heather Trommer-Beardslee, Dance Program Coordinator, Artistic Director, University Theatre Dance Company, Central Michigan University

  • Dani Sineway, Wabanaisee Singer, Swan Creek Black River Ojibwe Nation and CMU Safety Coordinator, Risk Management Environmental Health and Safety 

  • CMU student partners Alan Shi, Hunter Sagaskie, and Skylar Lynch

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