When Wayne Valliere was a young boy growing up in northern Wisconsin, his grandmother said to him, “Your grandfathers are written throughout history, and I challenge you and your brothers to think, what will your grandchildren say about you someday?”

Wayne was inspired to retain and pass on his Native American traditions and culture to young people in his community.  One of the ways he does that is by teaching them how to craft traditional birchbark canoes.

This story is from Wisconsin Life, which celebrates what makes Wisconsin unique through the diverse stories of its people.

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