Steve Premo: Painting a Wet Canoe

Produced by Nick Vander Puy
Reserve, Wisconsin (                                                                                                                                         

Steve Premo, an Ojibwe artist, living at Mille Lacs, wants artists to put their passion for survival into making the Lac Courte Oreilles history mural project.

Premo painted a mural for the Mille Lacs Tribe entitled, "Journey through Time," showing the migration from the salt sea to Mille Lacs, portaging canoes, fighting the Dakota, dealing with the federal government, building houses and schools. The working title was, "The Wet Canoe," because he wanted to show the energy and pain it takes to keep a culture viable, as you would a birchbark canoe.                       

He wanted to show in the painting the people's passion in maintaining their culture. The people in the mural exhibit energetic postures.

He wishes the same passion for Lac Courte Oreilles artists working on the LCO  mural.

"The more passion you put in the work the more the viewer gets."  


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