Sturgeon Bay, Wis. (January 17, 2024)—The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay is pleased to partner with the Door County Library in hosting two programs in conjunction with the 2024 Door County Reads Festival, which is scheduled to run from January 20 – February 20, 2024. The art museum has partnered with Native American artists Weeya Calif and Kaluhyak^le, Stephenie Muscavitch VanEvery to present two programs celebrating Indigenous culture: Storytelling: The Oneida Creation Story with Kaluhyak^le Stephenie Muscavitch VanEvery on Sat., January 27 and Storytelling with Weeya Calif on Saturday, February 3. Both programs are set to take place from 10:30am – Noon in the main galleries of the art museum, located inside the library at 107 S. 4th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. The programming is built around this year’s book selection, Braiding Sweetgrass For Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, adapted by Monique Gray Smith and illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt. The book highlights how acknowledging and celebrating our reciprocal relationship with the earth results in a wider, more complete understanding of our place and purpose.
On Saturday, January 27, families and community members are invited to listen, sing, and dance to the Oneida stories of creation and make a small 3-D paper turtle to take home. Kaluhyak^le, Stephenie Muscavitch VanEvery is a Haudenosaunee potter, silversmith, graphic and clothing designer, and storyteller. She is currently a Oneida Language and Culture instructor in Oneida, Wisconsin, and uses art as a method of teaching as it directly relates to her family and Oneida heritage. Kaluhyak^le received her B.A. in Broadfield Social Studies with a concentration in 6-12 Education from Alverno College in 2003 and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay in 2011.
On Saturday, February 3, the public is invited to listen to traditional stories told by Weeya Calif, an artist, teacher, and storyteller, who is a tribal enrolled citizen of the Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama. Calif hails from a long line of oral storytellers. Adorned in authentic 18th-century dress, her stories have been passed down from many generations and teach important lessons, ways of life, and how things came to be. She is the official storyteller of the Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama and resides in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Both community programs are free and open to the public and have been made possible with support from the Door County Library Foundation, Friends of Door County Libraries, and a Wisconsin Humanities Grant. For more information and to see more events scheduled for Door County Reads 2024, please visit: https://www.doorcountylibrary.org/doorcountyreads.html.
The museum is located within the Door County Library at 107 S. 4th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. Hours are Monday 10 am – 7 pm and Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 5 pm. Closed Sunday. Admission is free; an elevator is available to access galleries on the Ruth Morton Miller Mezzanine. For more information about the exhibits or the museum, call (920) 746-0707 or visit www.millerartmuseum.org. Find the museum on Instagram at @MillerArtMuseum or Facebook at Miller Art Museum.