Grant Recipients

Native Americans

Harbor Springs Area Historical Society

Anishnaabek Art: Gift of the Great Lakes

$25,000 • Harbor Springs

“Anishnaabek Art: Gift of the Great Lakes” was more than an art exhibition. The display and interpretation of artifacts and artworks by Anishnaabek people themselves (Odawa, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi) transformed the artworks into a platform to introduce stories of assimilation, forced removal, and discrimination, as well as stories of leadership and perseverance experienced by this community over generations. Members of the local Odawa community wrote the exhibit script and presented workshops and lectures that moved the larger community toward greater knowledge of the history of Michigan’s Native American people. By telling their history through their voices, the Anishnaabek people in this region of Michigan were able to share how these artworks told a more complete story about their connections to ancestors and their homelands.

Yvonne Walker Keshick holds two samples of her intricate quill work.

Workshop attendees watching Yvonne Walker Keshick beginning to assemble the actual quill box by scoring pieces of birch bark.

Yvonne Walker Keswick talks with attendees to the exhibit in July, 2016. 

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