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Diane Bear Defoe

Ojibwe Traditions
Bayfield, WI

Diane, a member of the Red Cliff band of Ojibwe, is a skilled maker of birchbark baskets of various types, including makuks and traditional fanning baskets for winnowing wild rice. Diane can speak about contemporary and traditional Ojibwe art, history, myths, legends, language and culture. She enjoys leading hands-on projects with birchbark, dreamcatchers, and gathering plants. Diane’s sessions include storytelling to accompany the participants’ work. Diane brings traditional items for display and touch. Her preference is to work with special groups with specific interests, rather than large diffuse audiences.

Program Formats

An introductory workshop

An in-depth workshop

Best for Ages

Early elementary
Grades K-2, ages 5-7

Upper elementary
Grades 3-5, ages 8-10

Middle school
Grades 6-8, ages 11-13

High school
Grades 9-12, ages 14-18

Adults, ages 18 and up


Artist fee:





reimbursement for supplies used by participants

Evenings in the Bayfield area or weekends in other parts of the state

Past Venues:

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington D.C., 1998
  • Wisconsin Folklife Festival, Madison, 1998

Diane Bear Defoe
P.O. Box 821, Route 1
Bayfield, WI  54814

Best to contact by email or by phone after 5 PM

last updated: 12/22/2011   


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