Album Season 7

Album #701

John Peyton Portrait

Author and Artist John Peyton grew up with a passion for the North woods, for Lake Superior, and the stories he heard from his Ojibwe friends. Born in Proctor, the son of a progressive banker, he pursued an education out East at Yale and the New York Students Art League. Though a promising career in New York was available, his love for the woods soon brought him home. Farmer, banker, artist, and author, John Peyton is an amazing gentleman who has written and illustrated five legendary books including the award winning title - The Stone Canoe. His action packed paintings and drawings of turbulent canoe trips on Lake Superior, moose being hunted by wolves, and dynamic historical scenes painted of Ojibwe tribal life, are stunning to behold. Though in his 90's, John Peyton is working on yet another book about high-tech computer art. An intimate portrait of artist and author, John Peyton, by producer Lorraine Norrgard, airs tonight on ALBUM.

Album #702

The Wild Rice Harvest Part I

Early Fall is the time of the traditional wild rice harvest of the Ojibwe people, otherwise known as the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe. People in this region have harvested wild rice for over 300 years as a main food source. Though harvest methods have undergone minor changes over the years, the traditional Ojibwe wild rice harvest demonstrates an important cultural continuum. Producer, Lorraine Norrgard presents the beautiful rhythms of the seasonal wild rice harvest and personal interviews with Elders on the importance wild rice to the Ojibwe tonight, the first of a two-part ALBUM.

Album #703

The Wild Rice Harvest Part II

People in the Lake Superior region have harvested wild rice for more than 2,500 years. It remains an essential part of the living culture of the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe. Producer Lorraine Norrgard weaves the amazing story of the evolution of the wild rice harvest and the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe is protecting the ways wild rice for future generations. Featuring intimate Elder's stories, archeologist's insights, visits to tribal wild rice research stations, and children's language classes at the Fond du Lac Ojibwe school, the cultural continuum of the wild rice harvest is beautifully portrayed tonight on ALBUM.

Album #704

The Indian Princess Demystified

For more than a century American Indian women have been portrayed on postcards, lithographs, and drawings as demure princesses. Stereotypically, these post-card princesses have been non-Indian models posing in wigs and artificial costumes. The lives of Pocahontas and Sacajawea, important figures in American history, have been reduced to plastic characters in myth, legend and lore, yet their real lives would have been far more interesting to know. On this edition of ALBUM, Dr. Gail Valiskakis, a woman of Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe heritage, shares her fascinating antique post-card collection of Indian princesses, and her poignant insights about the effects of these stereotypes on American Indian women.

Album #705

Clear White Boards

This was once a place of towering white pines. Vast tracks of virgin timber drew lumber barons and lumberjacks, timber cruisers and sawmill operators to the new state of Minnesota. Duluth was a sawmill center, producing the clearest, whitest boards for the building of America. As our forests changed, so did the lumber industry. Find out how, and why, this week on ALBUM.

Album #707

Eastman Johnson's Ojibwe Portraits

Nineteenth century American artist Eastman Johnson journeyed to Grand Portage in 1857. Inspired by the Ojibwe people he encountered there, he created a remarkable series of drawings. The earliest depictions of the Ojibwe that exist, Johnson's portraits present an outstanding eyewitness view of Ojibwe lifestyle at the time. Thomas O'Sullivan, Curator of Art at the Minnesota State Historical Society, and Ojibwe artist Carl Gawboy share insights with ALBUM producer Lorraine Norrgard, on this unique collection of Ojibwe portraits residing in the St. Louis County Historical Society.

Album #708

YWCA: A Century of Service

The origins of the Duluth YWCA go back to the beginnings of the women's movement, and the organizing of Traveler's Aids to assist immigrant women in transit. For many women the YWCA was a safe and friendly place to live, socialize, and attend classes. During World War II the YWCA was active in education, social services, recreation, and began the Annual Folk Festival. This week on ALBUM, discover how the YWCA has maintained its unique leadership role in programs for women and families, for over a hundred years.

Album #709

George Morrison Reflections

a prominent American artist from grand portage, George Morrison reflects on his work, life, and creative source. A member of the grand portage band of Chippewa, he left home after high school and received artistic training on the east coast and in Europe. Though internationally renowned and a seasoned traveler, he now lives and works at his studio in Grand Portage, Minnesota. This week on ALBUM, producer Lorraine Norrgard interviews the master artist, George Morrison on his views of the horizon.

Album #710

Lodges Of The North Shore

Come with us as we explore the history of three intriguing North Shore lodges. Lutsen: Perhaps the oldest and most distinctive lodge of the shore. Naniboujou: Born as an exclusive club in the roaring twenties. Cascade: One of the shore's first true motor inns. Join us for stories of commercial fishermen turned innkeepers, the grand plans for a world-class private club, and the changes that motorcars brought to hospitality on the shore.

Album #711

Champions: Coach Bob Fryberger & The 1951 Glen Avon Pee Wees

In 1951 the Glen Avon Pee Wee hockey team from Duluth won the national championship at Madison Square Garden under the leadership of coach Bob Fryberger, Sr. The boys' uniforms were hand sewn by their parents and many players had never been out of Duluth, much less out of the State. From a homemade ice rink in Fryberger's front yard to Madison Square Garden they traveled, they played, and they won. This victory gave a major boost to the entire youth hockey program in the region and is a cherished memory of the Fryberger family. Tonight on ALBUM, take a look at youth hockey in 1951 and the evolution of the Glen Avon team.

Album #712

Traditional Ojibwe Ice Fishing

For centuries around the upper Great Lakes, the Ojibwe people have been fishing in the winter using a decoy to lure fish within range of a hand-held spear. It isn't easy and it takes hours of preparation and patience to secure a fish. Ben Chosa demonstrates this amazing traditional technique at the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa Reservation in Wisconsin. In this video you will discover this remarkable technique of ice fishing.

Album #713

Honoring the Maple Sugar

In early spring, Ojibwe people gather sap from the cherished maple tree and boil it down to sugar as they have done for centuries in the upper Great Lakes region. John Henry McMillan respectfully demonstrates this age-old process with the assistance of a group of young people from the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe in Cloquet, Minnesota. Award-winning producer Lorraine Norrgard, skillfully juxtaposes archival footage of the maple sugar harvest by Monroe Kelly and Robert Ritzenthaler with contemporary ways of harvesting to demonstrate this beautiful cultural continuum. "Honoring the Maple Sugar" is a joyful tribute to the maple trees and to the Elders who passed this cultural tradition on to future generations.