Storytelling school

Long Lake Conservation Center to Host Traditional Ojibwa Storytelling Event – Brainerd Dispatch

PALISADE — Storyteller Michael Migizi Sullivan will share traditional Ojibwe stories as part of an Ojibwe Legends storytelling event at 6:30 p.m. February 26 at the Long Lake Conservation Center.

The event will feature an Aadizookaan – a sacred story often about legend or myth, in this case Wenabozho, a historical and spiritual icon of the Ojibwe-Anishinaabeg. Sullivan will tell the stories first in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) and then in English.

“Being able to provide the people of Aitkin County, and beyond, the opportunity to get a glimpse of both the rich history and vibrant modern Ojibwe culture is an honor,” said the director of Long Lake, Dave McMillan, in a press release. “I hope to see a lot of young faces in the audience.”

The event is free and open to all. In-person attendance is limited to the first 200 people, but the event will also be available through Zoon. Pre-registration is required. All attendees are required to wear a mask when inside. For more information and to pre-register, go to or call 218-768-4653

Before the narration, registrants are invited to a one-hour nature hike guided by a naturalist starting at 4:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served at 5:30 p.m., with narration beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The event is made possible in part by a grant to Long Lake from the Northland Foundation.

Sullivan is an Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) linguist from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation in northern Wisconsin. He is currently the Faculty Director of Native American Studies at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College and was previously the resident linguist at the Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Immersion School. Sullivan has traveled extensively across Ojibwa country to explore regional linguistic variations and works closely with elders and tribes in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Ontario. He strongly believes in a self-determined Anishinabe-centered pedagogy grounded in the Anishinaabe language, worldview, and spiritual way of life. Sullivan currently resides with his family in the Skunawong community on the Lac Courte Oreilles reserve where he enjoys the outdoors. He and his children enjoy singing at powwows, round dances and ceremonies throughout the year.