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'Dark Sky Memories' from Grand Portage

Northern Lights in Cook County. Photo by Travis Novitsky
Northern Lights in Cook County. Photo by Travis Novitsky

Shelley McIntire is a longtime resident of Cook County and a member of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

She describes herself as being “retired, a former librarian, an Indian land and history researcher and a photographer.”

She is also in love with the night sky.

In this collection of short stories, McIntire reflects on memories from her life involving the night sky and northern lights.

This piece was produced for WTIP by Joe Friedrichs. It will be shared during an event at North House Folk School in Grand Marais on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8:30 p.m. The event will highlight the photographs of local photographer Travis Novitsky, who is also McIntire’s cousin.

Music accompanying this piece was composed, performed and provided by northern Minnesota based and award-winning musician Michael Monroe. The songs performed, in order of their appearance and numbered by McIntire’s stories, are:

1 Melting / Wintersong  / Michael Monroe
2 Hibernation / Wintersong  / Michael Monroe
3 Something for Now / IF / Michael Monroe
4 Melting / Wintersong / Michael Monroe
5 Something For Now / IF / Michael Monroe
6 Dawn Moon  / As Far As I Can See / Michael Monroe
7 Hibernation / Wintersong / Michael Monroe

More on Michael Monroe’s music can be found by clicking here to visit his website

Learn more about the Dark Sky Festival by clicking here.