Bittersweet Winds

Artist: Richie Plassrichie plass

About the Artist
Richie Plass is Menominee and Stockbridge/Munsee from the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin. His Menominee name is “Powekonnay,” which translates to “One who changes his feathers.”
Richie has been writing poetry since the mid-1960s and has been in various publications around Wisconsin and the United States. He is a musician, songwriter, public speaker & educator, traditional dancer, former radio host, and curator of the traveling exhibit on Native American imagery Bittersweet Winds. Richie was the recipient of the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indian Summer Music Awards in September 2013. He and his wife, Lily, live on the Oneida Indian Reservation in Wisconsin, where they continue to share and teach their culture, heritage and history. Lily is an award-winning artist known for her dolls and other unique art pieces.

Performance & Residency Information
This is just a sample of programs offered. Richie has extensive experience working with all age groups and all programs may be altered to fit any age group.

Four Day Residency:
There are many photos, descriptions, and depictions of Native Americans that run the gamut of cartoon characters, school and team names and mascots, and actual historical prints. “Feather Stories,” using various items, attempts to provide education on how and why these may or may not be supported. With the use of hand-outs, short videos, and real-life stories, “Feather Stories” brings both hands-on teaching and various posters, photos and documents to help educate students and teachers on various tribal heritage, culture and history.

Full Day Workshop:
With the use of displaying various items, photos, posters and documents, “Feather Stories” will provide education on how and why various Native Americans may or may not support the usage of their names and images for team names, schools or everyday identification. Stories of various Tribal history, culture and heritage are a major concept of “Feather Stories.”

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