Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan
Examine Our Native American History
$25,000 • Alpena
In conjunction with the second annual Lake Huron Discovery Tour (LHDT), October 7-10, 2016, and in recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day (October 10), Michigan Arts and Culture Northeast (MACNE) and its many partnering organizations emphasized northeast Michigan’s rich Native American Heritage along the US 23 Heritage Route. In the week leading up to the LHDT, MACNE worked with libraries and schools to hosts guest presentations and demonstrations by Native American tradition bearers and scholars. The presentations were followed by facilitated discussions and video-recorded interviews about our Native American heritage and how these communities changed into what they are today. Throughout the weekend, tradition bearers and scholars, along with a traveling exhibit, relocated to other communities and locations, including sites that have special meaning to Indigenous people. Video vignettes were posted online shortly following the recordings and became part of a collection of stories for local libraries, the Besser Museum and other interested parties.