Red Cliff Band of Chippewa Cultural Exchange in Wisconsin
8-Day Guided Program in Red Cliff with Community-driven Project
In partnership since 2017
Nestled on the shores of Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes of North America, lies the Red Cliff Reservation. It overlooks the Apostle Islands and Madeline Island, once the heart of the Lake Superior Chippewa of the Anishinabeg Nation. Today, the Red Cliff Band is the largest employer in Bayfield County and is a driver for sustainable economic and community development in the area. Xperitas partners with the Tribal Farm, which seeks to improve tribal access to locally produced, nutritional foods, and a youth initiative which promotes healthy youth and families. Students will experience the rich culture and tradition of the Red Cliff Band of Chippewa people as they work alongside them in this community-driven project.
The order of this itinerary is subject to change.
Chippewa Cultural Immersion with Service Project
Arrive in Minneapolis in the afternoon to meet your Xperitas Team Leader. Drive about four hours north to Red Cliff, picking up lunch and the week’s groceries on the way. Settle into community center accommodations and have your first team meeting.
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Get your hands dirty gardening at the Tribal Farm. Connect with community members, including a master canoe builder and Tribal Council members. Take the ferry to Madeline Island to learn about its significance from a Native perspective. Explore the natural surroundings by visiting Frog Bay Tribal National Park, Lost Creek Falls, Houghton Creek State Natural Area, Meyer’s Beach, and, weather-permitting, kayak the Apostle Islands caves on Lake Superior. Participate in additional community events by invitation, depending on the timing of your visit, such as local powwows and ceremonies. Reflect on your experiences in daily group meetings and journal-writing. On the last day, have a final celebration with community members.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Depart for Minneapolis early in the morning.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
“All in all, the trip was something I will never forget. Everyone and everything has changed my perspective on life and the way we can exist with other humans.” - Student
“We got to experience Wolf Camp (a tradition that hasn't been practiced in over a decade!), where I got to meet lots of little kids, elders, and youth my age… My favorite part of the camp was working on a dream catcher to take home and establishing a connection with the kids at the camp.” - Student
“I am so proud of myself for having the guts to get out of my daily routine and try something different for once. This trip has been one of the moments in life I will never forget about and forever look back on.” - Student