Sally Fineday

Sally Fineday, born 1962, born and raised in Cass Lake, Minnesota on family tribal land. A member of the Leech Lake band of Ojibwe who has left home and returned multiple times out of a calling to serve her people. Sally’s Ojibwe name, Oshikawebie, means “one who crosses over,” and while the spiritual sentiment is inherent, I couldn’t help but recognize that the elder who gave her this name must have known she would also be crossing over the divide between native and non-native through the work she would do in her life and career. Our afternoon with Sally began …

A Relay on the river: Relay of Voices group stops in Bemidji to learn about the Mississippi

Written By: Annalise Braught | Jul 11th 2019 – 3pm BEMIDJI — Relay of Voices made a stop at Paul Bunyan Park on Thursday to visit with local officials and members of the community with the goal of learning about the impact the Mississippi River has on the Bemidji area.  Relay of Voices is a program spearheaded by Victoria Bradford Styrbicki, executive and artistic director of A House Unbuilt based in Louisiana.  Styrbicki is working with community members in 104 towns along the 2,400-mile stretch of the Mississippi River to select people in each of those towns to visit with and shadow for …

Terry Larson

Terry Larson, mid sixties, born and raised in Itasca Township, now lives on Wolf Lake some 30-40 miles away, still along the Mississippi. Family land—Gulsvig Landing—remains an important fixture of his and his family’s life here at Itasca. He’s often considered the “first man of the river,” and he has been interviewed and written about many, many times before. He’s a practiced interviewee, coming with prepared stories and recitations, and yet the sentiment feels true and authentic. He launched our time together speaking of his family history and land as we met right upon it, and he wandered into a …

Shakeout Run

Well, we ended up doing this at Itasca. First run from the Lodge TOWARD the Headwaters… Would have had to go another 3 miles out and 3 miles back to make it that far—and well, Tom seems to think we only need to run 5K’s these days. LOL. This was a HILLY course to be sure, and I pushed to go faster for sure, but wasn’t really pushing pushing. I had more in me at the end and throughout. The biggest trouble were the DARN BUGS! I am like a magnet for them! They swarm around my head and body …

Love the Mississippi River?

by Lynn Mizner A Relay of Voices is looking for area runners, cyclists, paddlers, and even walkers to participate in this relay movement on the Aitkin leg of the run along the Mississippi River this July 20-21. The run is organized by artist and athlete Victoria Bradford Styrbicki. To learn more about the event, see the May 15, 2018 Aitkin Independent Age article previewing the relay. Interested parties can contact victoria@ahouseunbuilt.com for more information. Link to original content.

21 Days

When #relayofvoices started, there were two projects, or two ideas. One, to run home down the Mississippi River, and two, to work on getting outside of my own story, developing a dance with a group of women. For a time, the two projects became one project, and Relay of Voices was a huge endeavor with so many bodies and minds in the mix. Now we have stripped back again to a smaller team—there are no dancing women perhaps. And honestly, I don’t know if I will ever make that kind of work again. I’m finding myself in an evolution, my practice in …

The Adventure Podcast

by Kraig Becker After taking a week off for travel and other projects, The Adventure Podcast returns this week with an all new episode. The last time we recorded a show was just before the big summit push on Everest and the other Himalayan peaks, and in that episode we warned listeners that things could be a bit dicey. Little did we know that it would turn out to be one of the deadliest years in the history of the mountain, with traffic jams and other challenges making things difficult. That prompted our main topic this week, which is examining ways …

Brainerd Riverfront

CALLING ALL RUNNERS, WALKERS, BIKERS, AND PADDLERS! Join us on July 22-23rd for river-related opportunities. Join us on July 22nd from 5:30-7:30 for a community potluck, local music, and an opportunity to gather along the Mississippi (Rice Lake) at at the pavilion at Lum Park. Are you a runner, walker, biker, or paddler? Help send off Relay on the morning of July 23rd as she travels to Little Falls. Want to join? You’re welcome to participate! Relay of Voices (Relay), a four-month long expedition from the Headwaters to the Mouth of the Mississippi River, makes its way through Brainerd on July 22, 2019. Spearheaded …

Adventure Blog

Artist Plans to Travel the Length of the Mississippi River to Connect Communities by Kraig Becker A Louisiana-based artist has big plans for the summer ahead. Victoria Bradford Styrbicki has announced an ambitious and unique new project that seeks to connect more than a hundred communities located along the Mississippi River as she spends July through November traveling its length. The journey will cover 2400 miles (3862 km) from source to sea as Styrbicki goes in search of the “voice” of those communities as it exists in the 21st century. Dubbed Relay of Voices, the project will begin at Lake Itasca in Minnesota and …

Seasonal EFFECTIVE Disorder

I believe winter has truly come. Temperatures have dipped well below zero in Chicago and the Twin Cities, and even my parents are burning logs in the fire place down in Louisiana. However, that hasn’t kept me from training up and getting ready for the long slow distance I will face this summer and fall on the Mississippi River Trail. A House Unbuilt company members Zack Bailey, Angela Gronroos, Carla Gruby, Lisa Leszczewicz, and myself participated in a rather chilly F3 Half Marathon in Chicago a couple of weekends ago. I figure if I can run in the coldest cold, …