Gitchi-Gami (Ojibweᑭᑦᒉᐁ-ᑲᒣᐁ) Great Sea, Big Water

Big Water is a songwriting residency founded by musicians, Trampled by Turtles, host, Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery & Cottages, and program developer, OVERLAND ARTWORKS. 


Developed out of the most sincere love affair with the North Shore, Trampled by Turtles and Kah-Nee-Tah have carved places for themselves and their creative experiences within the rocky shore line of Lake Superior. Whether exploring along the Superior Hiking Trail, skiing the slopes of the Lutsen Mountains, or staring into the expansive waters of the Great Lake, the North Shore has meditative, refreshing, and invigorating qualities that can't be ignored. The calm and comfort provided by this place and the genuine people within it has greatly shaped Trampled by Turtles' and Kah-Nee-Tah's personal and professional work and through the Big Water Songwriting Residency & OLAW's programming they hope to pass the good times on. 


Photo by David McClister

Photo by David McClister


Trampled by Turtles is a progressive bluegrass band formed in Duluth, Minnesota in 2003. Known for their contemporary twist on a genre steeped in tradition, TBT has traveled internationally delivering sounds ranging from that of a fast, frenetic speed to slow, heart-heavy melodies.

TBT is currently on tour with their album "Life is Good on the Open Road."

Find music, tour dates, and merchandise here. 


Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery proudly features Minnesota-made & regionally created artwork in a variety of mediums, currently representing over 70 Artists. Located just outside of Lutsen off of the North Shore of Lake Superior, the Gallery and its Cottages are truly a hidden gem and offer up the perfect North Woods retreat.

View gallery hours, event listings, and cottage availabilities here.



OVERLAND ARTWORKS (OLAW) is an investigative space committed to the development of projects focused on the accessibility of art making and creative experiences, the creation of collaborative communities, and the investment of quality time, energy, and intention in the human experience. 

View other OLAW projects and residency opportunities here. 

Photographs provided by Dane Pedersen