Lisa Johnson

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Recent Pieces from Lisa Johnson

Caption: Portrait of Chief Buffalo, over-painted enlargement, possibly from a double-portrait (possibly an ambrotype). He was born at La Pointe on Madeline Island in about 1759, and died 7 September 1855 at La Pointe, Credit: Wisconsin Historical Society

In the Spirit of Medicine: the journey of Chief Buffalo and this pipe (06:59)
From: KUMD

The story of the pipe and the path and struggles it took to get to this ceremony reached deep inside me. Toward the end of the ceremony we all walked past the pipe so we ...
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In the Spirit of Medicine: My grandmother's sewing machine, Part 2 (10:11)
From: KUMD

I have no doubt this sewing machine made face masks over a hundred years ago and my grandmother would have made masks. There was a huge second wave of that pandemic and ...
Caption: Medicine man Sid Perrault stands with his fellow marcher, Sage, at last Monday's event., Credit: Deb Holman. Used with permission

Journey to Wellness: "To know that one person froze to death is something to fight for" (04:02)
From: KUMD

Last week, the Twin Ports/Fond du Lac chapter of the American Indian Movement (AIM)marched to bring visibility to homelessness in Duluth. With bans on eviction and ...
Caption: Dr. Arne Vainio dances for the first time in his gifted regalia, Credit: Ivy Vainio. Used with permission.

In the Spirit of Medicine: in August I danced for the first time (05:38)
From: KUMD

George has always told me seeing a doctor dancing would be healing for everyone and I discovered that meant me as much as anyone else.
Caption: Jim Northrup in 2012, Credit: Ivy Vainio. Used with permission.

In the Spirit of Medicine: you were put here for a purpose (06:27)
From: KUMD

At his 70th birthday party, he took me aside and it was like a little ceremony with just me and him in the corner. “Arne, you need to write. I know you have at least one ...
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In the Spirit of Medicine: My grandmother's sewing machine, Part 1 (07:46)
From: KUMD

She had a Singer treadle sewing machine and I was fascinated by the steady “click-click-click” of the needle going up and down. I watched her rock her foot to thread the ...
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MN Reads: "One Summer Up North" by John Owens (08:06)
From: KUMD

Freelance illustrator and University of Minnesota instructor John Owens didn't grow up heading to the Boundary Waters every summer, but once he went, he was ...
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MN Reads: Second Sunday Reading Series with Gary Boelhower (11:41)
From: KUMD

The repercussions on society from the pandemic are usually pretty grim. But Duluth's poet laureate, Gary Boelhower, says poetry reading began a resurgence a couple ...
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MN Reads: "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota" edited by Sun Yung Shin (14:28)
From: KUMD

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota was published back in 2016, but it's enjoyed a renaissance of sorts this summer. The collection of essays. features 16 ...
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MN Reads: "Monkey with a Tool Belt Blasts Off" by Chris Monroe (13:08)
From: KUMD

Thank heavens for Chico Bon Bon. The irrepressible monkey with a tool belt embarks upon his sixth picture book adventure with calm, confidence, and the Right ...