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Grand Rapids Public Museum upgrading Anishinaabek: The People of This Place

Grand Rapids Museum Anishinaabek exhibit
Tom Tracey

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is upgrading the 5,000-square-foot exhibit Anishinaabek: The People of This Place, including additional video interviews of Elders, parents, artists and professionals.

The six videos scheduled to be retrofitted this week include:

  1. Service To The Community
  2. Gatherings
  3. Living Off The Land
  4. How We Are Different
  5. Traditional Arts
  6. Old Ways / New Ways

Currently, a video dating back twenty years is on display, featuring interviews with members of the Petoskey, Raphael, Sams and Yob families. The existing video explores such topics as self-government, tribal enterprise and the challenges of "Living in Two Worlds," to name a few.

The third-floor Anishinabek: The People of This Place exhibit displays photographs, art, clothing, weapons and tools from many generations of local Anishinaabek people (Odawa, Ojibwe and Bodawatomi).

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is located at 272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 Ph. 616.929.1700. The musuem hours are Monday 9-5, Tuesday 9-8, Wednesday-Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 12-5. Also onsite is a cafe and a gift shop.

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