Northrop, Radio K, Welcome Week, Multicultural Student Engagement, and The School of Music Present

Why Canoes?  Featuring The Milanesians

Past event
Sep 16, 2021
Group of people ceremoniously gathered by a river clapping

Image courtesy of Lisa Miller/University of Minnesota

In an extension of the Why Canoes? exhibit on Northrop's fourth floor Gallery, Northrop Plaza will reverberate with Micronesian harmonies when The Milanesians—the Micronesian community in Milan, Minnesota, take to the stage. Known as an oral society, Micronesians convey information in their music, their traditional chants tell of past events and changing cultural patterns. Get a close-up look at the canoes themselves, on display in Northrop Plaza for this special event!

Why Canoes? Capacious Vessels and Indigenous Futures of Minnesota's Peoples and Places, is an exhibit that honors the interconnectedness between the Native Canoe Program, University of Minnesota students, faculty, staff, and members of three Indigenous communities around Mni Sota Makoce (Minnesota). It also celebrates relationships with Dakota, Ojibwe, and Micronesian communities that have come together and found a common passion for sharing water traditions, while broadening the understanding of the waters that surround us through the resurgence and revitalization of canoe communities. The exhibit is presented by Northrop, Heritage Studies & Public History Program, Institute for Advanced Study, and University Honors Program.

In case of inclement weather, this event will be moved indoors to the Carlson Family Stage.

Part of the Amplifying Solidarity Series

Amplifying Solidarity: A Northrop Plaza Series