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Native American Museums in Michigan

29 July 2016

Michigan is rich in Native American history and it has five museums to explore that history and culture. The May/June 2016 issue of Michigan History magazine provides information on these five Native American Museums:
  1. Baaweting Anishinaabe Interpretive Center, 523 Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie. The artifacts housed at the Center are donated by tribal members. Many of the artifacts on display have a story to go with it. The purpose of the center is to give visitors an understanding of their point of view and “Anishinaabe Bimaadiziwin” (native life ways).
  2. Andrew J. Blackbird Museum, 368 E. Main Street, Harbor Springs. This museum is on both the Michigan State Historical Site and the National Register of Historic Places. Native American artifacts can be found in what was Blackbird's house from 1858-1908.
  3. Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center, 2605 N. West Bay Shore Drive, Peshawbestown. The center was established to preserve the history of the Grand Traverse Band of Anishinabek.
  4. Museum of Ojibwa Culture, 500 N. State Street, St. Ignace. Exhibits of Ojibwa culture and traditions can be found inside and outside at this museum. The museum site is registered as a Michigan State Historic Site (MSHDA), as a National Historic Landmark (NHL), is in the National Register of Historic Places (NPS) and is the 2011 winner of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network Community Award.
  5. Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways, 6650 E. Broadway Avenue, Mount Pleasant. Both a museum and cultural center, its mission is to share the history of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and other Great Lakes Anishinabek.

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