Thrival Tools: On Native Winter Survival and Shine – Isthmus

Press Release: Madison Public Library’s Library Takeover Program will launch its first event of the year on February 26, 2022, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event, Thrival Tools: On Indigenous Winter Survival and Brilliance, will feature a series of speakers representing different tribes and traditions, chants, throat singing, and more. Thrival Tools will provide a space to share cultural practices between Indigenous peoples, as well as introduce non-Indigenous people to the myriad ways Indigenous communities have thrived throughout the year in this region, but especially during the winter. .

“Indigenous peoples have relied on community care, support and understanding to exist in what is now called North America, Wisconsin and Madison since time immemorial,” the Thrival Tools team said. . “We have thrived in regions that now require heavy reliance on external resources. Thrival Tools brings together Indigenous ways of existence through food, art and land sovereignty.

The first event was created and planned by a trio of Indigenous Madisonians: nipinet (Anishinaabe, Michif), Aabaabikaawikwe (Anishinaabe), nibiiwakamigkwe (Onyota’a:ka, Anishinaabe, Métis) who applied to be part of the Library Takeover program . Three teams applied and were accepted, eventually undertaking a four-part event planning course and being mentored by local Madison movers over the past three months. The Madison Public Library provides funding, free space, and marketing for each event. Thrival Tools will be a celebration of Indigenous resilience and will present stories, practices and perspectives from the Ho-Chunk, Chicana Ojibwe and Yup’ik traditions through stories and songs.

“We hope to raise awareness of Indigenous livelihoods and our resilience in our own words and ways,” the Thrival Tools team said. “Very often Indigenous stories are told without our presence and focus on our genocide and disenfranchisement. this.”

Breakdown of the event:

  • MadTown Singers Native Drum Group sing a welcome song
  • Ho Chunk Nation Health and Wellness Coordinator Jon-Jon Greendeer shares the stories and lifestyles of Ho Chunk
  • Chicana community organizer and activist Shadayra Kilfoy-Flores teaches a workshop on winter medicinal drinks: fire cider and champurrado.
  • Lac Du Flambeau Ojibwe knowledge keeper and artist Biskakone Johnson discusses treaty rights and food sovereignty
  • Anastasia Adams, Yup’ik educator and performer, offers traditional Inuit throat singing used for entertainment and survival during the long northern winters
  • MadTown Singers Native Drum Group closes the evening with a traveling song

Thrival Tools is an event open to community members of all ages and backgrounds. A portion of the capacity of the spaces will be reserved for members of the Indigenous community.

“Many members of the Indigenous community live in the diaspora, and leaving a placeholder will help travelers feel welcome and ensure that the Indigenous community is not kicked out of spaces celebrating Indigenity,” said the Thrival Tools team.

Additional resources will be provided at the event for participants to internalize the learning and experience. The library and event organizers will work together to provide an exhibit of Indigenous-focused books, reading lists, online resources, recipes and more.

This event is taking place in person at the Central Library in Community Rooms 301 + 302. A live stream of the event will also be available on @Gigiigemin on Facebook. Learn more online at:

Library Takeover is funded by the Madison Public Library Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Dane County Arts Cultural Affairs Commission and giige.

About taking control of the library

Library Takeover started in 2017 as a way to do community programming differently. The goal is to empower people who may not have a lot of event planning experience to bring their ideas to life to enrich their community. The Madison Public Library provides the space, time, and resources for community members to host their own events, setting the stage for future library programs that involve and reflect all of Madison. Applications for the third round of Library Takeover opened in September 2021 and three teams have been selected to take the event planning course and launch their own organized events at the library in spring 2022. MEET THE TEAMS .

About Madison Public Library

Madison Public Library’s tradition of promoting education, literacy, and community engagement has enriched the city of Madison for more than 140 years. Visit the library online at, @madisonpubliclibrary on Facebook, @madisonlibrary on Twitter or @madisonpubliclibrary on Instagram.

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