On the evening of October 15th, internationally recognized Menominee musician Wade Fernandez held a concert at the Mosse Humanities Building, on the UW-Madison campus. Wade entertained the audience with anecdotes about reservation life, travel abroad, and the lively homelife of a family which includes five young children. In addition to electric guitar, Wade played different Native American flutes, sometimes simultaneously, and sang several songs using both Menominee and English languages. The audience sang along to Sawaenemiyah (Blessed), rocked out to Commodity Cheese Blues, and absorbed the peaceful tones of the Native American flute. After the performance, audience members met and enjoyed refreshments with Wade and two of his children.
The UW-Madison Freshmen Interest Groups (FIGs) organization sponsored this event, encouraging UW undergrads and others to attend this cultural and educational concert. Many FIG students attended Wade’s performance, and enjoyed a special visit to their classes the following day. In the small seminar Native Science class, students had an opportunity to talk with Wade about his experiences as a musician and how he uses different perspectives from the natural world for artistic inspiration. For samples of Wade’s music and music videos, see http://www.youtube.com/user/WiciwenApisMahwaew