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New York Fashion Week Comes to the Depot with Buckanaga Social Club

DIBENINDIZOWIN - Mastering One’s Self

WHAT: The Buckanaga Social Club’s collection shown at New York’s Fashion Week

WHEN: Friday, May 3, 5 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot)

See 15 unique looks in women’s and menswear lines curated, designed, and produced by Amber Buckanaga and the Buckanaga Social Club collective. The collection is inspired by the Anishinaabe ideal of freedom that Buckanaga says tells of her journey in mastering one’s self. Elaborate ribbon skirts become everyday wear. Sport wear becomes rooted in the legacy of Anishinaabe woodland patterns. Recycled and natural fabrics left over from one outfit to fit are used in the design of another.

“For indigenous people, having the option of wearing clothing with elements of traditional designs gives them a feeling of confidence and pride,” says Buckanaga. “For non-indigenous people, it gives them some insight into the traditional designs and an appreciation for the elements of traditional regalia.” Don’t miss this unique and thoughtful line of clothing. Its impact and authenticity will open your mind to see fashion in a new way.

The St. Louis County Historical Society will be showing displays of Anishinaabe items, regalia, and Eastman Johnson Paintings to help celebrate the long-held tradition fashion has played in the Anishinaabe culture.

Free and open to the public. Support is thanks to the Lana Oswaldson & Grand Casino – Mille Lacs; Sarah Barten & Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures; Anthony Buckanaga; Aaron Buckanaga; April Boyd; the Killspotted family; the McGregor Community Center; Amanda Bruneau; the Aubid family; Mesabi Painting and Decorating LLC; Chelsy Wilkie; Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive’s office: Some funding was provided by the City of Duluth Hotel Motel Tourism Tax. Thanks to a grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board and to voters of Minnesota who made possible through legislation an appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Funding also from KQDS and Woodlands National Bank.

Collaborators: the Duluth Art Institute; Lake Superior Railroad Museum; the St. Louis County Historical Society; and the Historic Union Depot.

Light refreshments, desserts, and cash bar available.

CONTACT: Christina Woods, 218-733-7562 or

The information above was provided by the Duluth Art Institute.

Photo credit: Amber Buckanaga

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