Building wildfire resiliency in the communities throughout Minnesota's Arrowhead region.

Oshkigin Spirit of Fire

For thousands of years in the Great Lakes Region, Native Americans used fire intentionally to manage the ecosystems they lived in. Oshkigin Spirit of Fire highlights this deep, reciprocal relationship with the land and the role fire plays in that relationship. This story is told by two Ojibwe wildland fire practitioners, Fond du Lac tribal band elder Vern Northrup and Gezhiibideg Damon Panek, tribal band member of the White Earth Nation and Forest researcher Lane Johnson. 

Filmed, with permission, on the reservations of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe in Minnesota and the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe in Wisconsin.


April 21, 2022 at 6:00-8 PM

The Screening of a locally filmed “Oshkigin Spirit of Fire,” a 16-minute fire documentary will be followed by a discussion with panelists from tribal nations within the 1842 and 1854 Treaty areas.


Historic Ely State Theater 
238 East Sheridan Street 
Ely, MN 55731

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