New, FUN event in Terrace is Saturday, May 19!

Come to Terrace on Saturday, May 19, for a brand new event! The Native American Arts Festival. Celebrate the heritage of those that were here before us, and still among us! Authentic Native art, food, performances and vendors. Please spread the word. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.


FLUTE MAKING 1:30-3:30

Instructor: Jeffrey Chapman

Cost: $20 (includes materials)

Location: Terrace Mill Stage

Bring tools: a set of gouges and wood carving knives

Jeffrey Chapman (Chippewa Tribe) of Minneapolis, will teach participants to carve their own Native American flute from cedar wood. Participants will hear traditional stories of how the flutes came to be as well as study the various styles of art that are depicted with Chapman's collection. They will learn to play their instrument and may decorate or paint them.

NATIVE SKY WATCHERS 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jim Knutson-Kolodzne

Cost: $5 (includes constellation maps)

Location: Terrace Mill Schoolhouse

We've all seen the Greek/Roman constellations, but did you know that each Native American tribe has their own constellations and legends about them? Join Jim Knutson-Kolodzne (Ojibwe tribe) as he shares the native stories and demonstrates how to find the constellations in the sky. Each participant will receive beautiful color art maps of the constellations, which incorporate native x-ray and beadwork art. Maps are suitable for framing.

PERFORMANCES Beginning at 4:00 p.m.


Directed by: Tom Mason (Chippewa Tribe)

The Detroit Lakes Drum & Dance group to perform traditional dances of the Chippewa Indian tribes. Some of the drum songs include the "Honor Song" and the "Trick Song." Dancers will perform several traditional dances demonstrating the importance to their culture. Dances will include: The Eagle Feather, Pow-Wow, Grass Dance, Jingle Dance, and others. The audience will get a chance to get up and dance along with the performers, if they desire. "It is about bridging gaps and barriers," said Mason, "to show everybody that Indian people have a beautiful culture, and we're very proud of it."

JEFFREY CHAPMAN (Ojibwe Tribe) of Minneapolis

Jeff will perform native flute music, demonstrate the various types of flutes he has made and share stories about the traditional flute and it's significance to the native tribes.

Jeffrey Chapman has been constructing and playing cedar flutes for over 35 years. He has worked as Native art consultant to several museums in the Minneapolis area, and has worked with the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Minnesota Science Museum as well as the Minnesota History Museum. As an educator, he has worked as a teaching specialist in art and American Indian art at the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis Community Technical College. He has a degree in fine arts from Minneapolis College of Art and Design


Inspired by Janice Devick, local artist

Cost $5

Ongoing beginning at 3:00pm

Make your own Lakota dream catcher, and learn the story of how it was used to protect children as they slept. Constructed from MN grown willow, sinew, beads and feathers.


Janice Devick, Local artist

Various Prices

Ongoing beginning at 3:00pm

Have your face painted with Native American totem animals, each animal represents a unique strength or personality characteristic. Find out what your totem animal is, and have it painted on your face! Jan's unique style incorporates native themes and symbols. This isn't your average face painting!


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