Anishnaabek Art: Gift of the Great Lakes

Summer 2015-Spring 2016


The newest exhibit, Anishnaabek Art: Gift of the Great Lakes, is set to open Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the Harbor Springs History Museum. The museum will host a special evening opening on June 30 from 4-7pm and everyone is encouraged to attend. Admission will be free and light refreshments will be provided.

The exhibit showcases Anishnaabek (Odawa, Ojibwe and Potawatomi) art from throughout the Great Lakes region, focusing on various media, styles and tribes. Using handcrafted items such as wooden tools, quill boxes, baskets and beadwork, the exhibit will explore the political, religious, cultural, and social changes the Odawa and other native groups navigated throughout their history. The exhibit and accompanying programs will also explore stories of assimilation, forced removal and discrimination as well as the stories of leadership and perseverance in tribal communities.

The exhibit is being developed primarily from the private Robert W. Streett Collection. An avid collector, Streett will be loaning the majority of the artifacts for this unique exhibit. The exhibit will also feature work from contemporary native artists and artifacts from the Historical Society and Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians collections.

In addition to the exhibit, plans are currently underway to offer several presentations and workshops on specific types of Native art including quill work and bead work presented by local, traditional artists such as Yvonne Walker Keshick and Daniel Chingwa.

More information about the Harbor Springs History Museum can be found in our story: Discover the Harbor Springs History Museum.

The museum will be offering free admission for the event so that the entire community can come and celebrate this exhibit opening with us. We hope to see you there!

For more information:
Harbor Springs History Museum
349 E. Main St.
Harbor Springs, MI 49740

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