A conversation with George Martin of Lac Courte Oreilles

Produced by Paul DeMain
Reserve, Wisconsin (NFIC)

George Martin is know through-out the Great Lakes region as a traditional dancer knowledgeable about issues dealing with American Indian veterans. He is asked by many powwow committees to oversee the needs and protocol of veteran dancers, eagle feathers and honoring songs at many powwows.

Martin grew up in the Whitefish community of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe reservation at Reserve, Wisconsin. His first experience leaving the reservation was to travel to Chicago to find work with one of his neighbors, before he joined the military service and served in Korea.

In this three part video presentation, Martin talks about various subjects including growing up on the reservation, growing a "Victory" garden when rationing of food and other resources were being rationed during WWII, his military service experience and his hobby of making "French replica council pipes" mainly for dancers.

"My whole family was military orientated"

"You didn't go through high school, you fought your way through high school"


"About 30-35 (powwows) a year"

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