Award-winning poet and birch bark biting artist, Denise Lajimodiere (Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe) will present a poetry reading and talk about the art of birch bark biting or mazinibakajige (“marks upon the bark”) at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Racing Magpie, 406 Fifth St.

Birch bark biting, a pre-contact method of creating design work by the Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) other native nations, had disappeared in her tribe before Lajimodiere began to reestablish it as an art form. She will discuss the process of ceremonially harvesting the birch and creating the patterns.

While in Rapid City Dr. Lajimodiere, a traditional jingle dress dancer, current board member (and past president) of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition and author of three books of poetry (“Dragonfly Dance,” “Thunderbird,” and “Bitter Tears”), also will conduct a poetry-writing workshop. “Poetry, Art & Place” on Thursday, Oct. 12. Participants will explore the places we call home -- our communities as well as our geographical, emotional and spiritual locations.

These poems will then be letterpress printed by artist Lucy Ganje and each participant will receive an original print of his or her poem.

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An exhibition and reading of the poems is planned for next spring.

The workshop is free and open to those 14 and older. Multigenerational participation is encouraged.

To register for the workshop contact Ganje at Scrap Iron Press at 701-741-7441 or my emailing scrapironpress@gmail.com.

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