Next time you’re in Michigan, check out The Ziibiwing Center at The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal Center in Mt. Pleasant. The Ziibiwing Center is a museum and cultural center of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan which aims to preserve and promote appreciation of Anishinabek culture.
The galleries weren’t all open as they were changing out a couple of their temporary exhibitions. The permanent exhibition is focused on the story of the Anishinabek, from the begging to today.
The animated film of the Anishinabek creation story is a must see. I particularly liked the style of the animation as it captures and communicates the wonder of how the Anishinabek came to be. The photo above is from the film, apologies for the graininess.
The route you take through the museum walks you through time. Begining with the Anishinabek creation story and ending with discussion of local support for the actions of the American Indian Movement at Wounded Knee. The photo to the left depicts trade, communications routes and transport in Early America.
Other vignettes in the main gallery depict scenes of Anishinabek daily life.
The center hosts a number of cultural evants such as dances and story telling.
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