Winona LaDuke, nationally recognized Native activist, is turning 60 years old, and she is calling all women with the name Winona, all the “First Daughters” to bring themselves, families and friends to a birthday party weekend Aug. 23-25, 2019, in Winona, Minnesota. There, gathering Winona’s will celebrate, explore and wax poetic on being Winona. LaDuke is executive director of Honor the Earth, Founder of Winona’s Hemp & Heritage Farm and Anishinaabe Agriculture and is a two-time Green Party candidate for Vice President with Ralph Nader.
Winona, the mother of Nanabozhoo, a Dakota princess who leapt from a cliff in sorrow, the first born daughter of many Native families, who remember these women, she is here. Today thousands of women are Winonas throughout Native communities and beyond. We would like to celebrate this name for First Born Daughters, celebrate the power of creating great beings and celebrate strong hearts and love.
On the occasion of my 60th Birthday, my mother Betty LaDuke and I are inviting Winona’s called to this set of teachings and the city. That is beautiful Winona Minnesota.
We invite women named Winona, Wenona, Wenonah, Wenuna and all of our sisters to come and celebrate the spirit of Winona in the heart of our territory.
On the 23-25 of August, in the fine town of Winona we have made some arrangements, and invite you to join us.
We will have a fine set of Water Ceremonies on the river to honor and be grateful, as Water is Life with friends.
I am hosting a feast with the Sioux Chef, Sean Sherman, featuring fine foods of the Anishinaabe and Dakota people, a symposium on Winona; The Legends and the Narrative, and inviting scholarly and creative discussion of our collective ancestors.
Music will be the amazing Corey Medina and the Brothers from Bemidjigamaag, via Dinebikayaa, and we are asking for an afternoon traditional dance social, with hand drums and our dresses, to celebrate our Winonas.
And, since my mother is coming, we are working with our beloved Winona State University to both host a curated show of artwork, and offer some boat tours of our River. We will share our film: First Daughter and the Black Snake, featuring our successful battle against the oil pipelines in northern Minnesota and we will celebrate the courage and colorful history of our Winona.
Winona is an epic location and beautiful town.
Many Winonas have passed through or lived in this territory. Ferries on the river stopped here, and the last operating Hemp Fiber mill in the US was in Winona, Minnesota. This is a city of great history and great future. I would like to make sure that Winonas are present for our town.
There will be more, and there will be Camping and Glamping on the river, and we will enjoy music, food and opportunities to be with our Winona Sisters in our Town, called Winona.
We will need you to RSVP, and for more information, go to our site- reserving hotel rooms and making a place for yourself and your family to celebrate Winona.