Archive | April, 2012

Ziibiwing Center is turning 8!

30 Apr

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways is turning 8 this May!

Back in 2004, the Center opened to provide an enriched, diversified, and culturally relevant educational experience through its award-winning Diba Jimooyung (Telling Our Story) permanent exhibit, changing exhibits, Research Center, Ojibway language immersion room, gift shop, and meeting rooms.

Miigwetch (Thank You) to all our supporters and sponsors for your continued support and interest in the Ziibiwing Center!

Help us in celebrating our birthday by joining us for our annual Birthday Celebration & Sale!

Event details are as follows: 

Thurs., May 3 & Fri., May 4
10am – 6pm
Ziibiwing Center’s Grand Entrance Lobby

The Ziibiwing Center and Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Gift Shops are selling off hundreds of items at rummage sale prices in the Grand Entrance Lobby of the Ziibiwing Center. Special activities will be held, so come on out!


Protect Mother Earth!

17 Apr

Earth Day is April 22, 2012 and now is the time to find out what you can do to protect our dear Mother Earth!

Here are some simple tips to reduce our waste, which may seem small, but when you add them up they can make a big difference!

  • Reduce electricity at home, school, & work
  • Shut off water when brushing your teeth
  • Walk or ride a bike instead of driving
  • Take faster showers or baths
  • Hang clothes on a clothes line instead of putting them in the dryer
  • Recycle paper, metal, plastic, cans, glass, etc.

Earth Day is a day of action; but really we should be doing our part to protect Mother Earth on a daily basis.  Ultimately, this day is about uniting voices around the world to ensure a healthy planet for the next seven generations. 

 Head over to the “Let’s Learn” page to learn some Earth related phrases in Ojibwe!

Upcoming Events!

5 Apr

Come check out some of the activities the Ziibiwing Center has to offer in the next two weeks!  Both events are FREE & Open to the Public. We look forward to seeing you!

Thurs., April 12
Two Spirits Film Screening and Discussion
3:30-5pm • Ziibiwing Center’s Gchi Giigidiwigamig (Big Discussion Room)

In conjunction with 2012 National Coming Out Week, the Ziibiwing Center presents a Special Screening and Discussion of the Award-Winning Documentary, Two Spirits.

Here is a quick summary of the movie for you:

Two Spirits interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at the largely unknown history of a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male & female, and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders. The film explores the contemporary lives and history of Native two-spirit people–who combine the traits of both men and women with qualities that are also unique to individuals who express multiple genders.

Check out the website  for more details regarding the film.

Co-sponsored with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe’s Behavioral Health Program and Central Michigan University’s Office of Native American Programs & LGBTQ Services.

Thurs., April 19
Anton Treuer Book Signing, Dinner, & Lecture Event
5:30 – 7:30pm • Ziibiwing Center’s Kinoomaagegamik Lobby

 On Thursday, April 19, the Ziibiwing Center will be hosting Dr. Anton Treuer. He is a well known advocate and teacher of our language. Guests will have the opportunity to hear Dr. Anton Treuer present on the importance of the language to our Anishinabek identity. The event is open to the public; $5 minimum donation is suggested (Proceeds to benefit the Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School Project).

Dr. Anton Treuer (pronounced troy-er) is Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University. He has a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. & Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Co-sponsored by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College (SCTC) Woksape Oyate Language Program and SCTC Extension Program, Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School Committee, Anishinabe Language Revitalization Department and the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways.