Making Traditional Tobacco

AICHO hosts “Apaakoziganike: Making Traditional Tobacco” March 29, 2022 | 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm CST Via Zoom Arne Vainio, MD, a Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe tribal citizen and family practice physician, will provide a virtual demonstration on making apaakozigan (traditional tobacco made from the inner bark of red willow). He will also teach about harvesting, processing, and cultural and spiritual significance of akawe asemaa (first tobacco). Time for Q & A will be included. Register by March 23 at People are encouraged to harvest their red willow a few days before the session. The Facebook event page at has a video that shows Arne Vainio how to harvest red willow. He would like folks to watch that before the session so that people can follow along with his teachings. Event funded in part by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Behavioral Health Division.

Cost: Free

Age: All Ages


Tue. Mar. 29 6:30-7:30pm

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