Archive | July, 2012

NativeFest is Back Again

30 Jul

This week NativeFest is coming back to the Ziibiwing Center. The two day celebration of American Indian Culture, from Wednesday, August 1st to Thursday, August 2nd, will be filled with activities for the whole family. Check out the schedule of events below for more information about the events. If you have any questions please contact the Ziibiwing Center.

Wednesday, August 1st

Car Bingo  •  6-9pm  •  Ziibiwing Center parking lot

Registration begins at 5pm

$10 per person

This event is open to the public.

There will be fabulous prizes, including a grand prize $1,000 gift card.

In addition to bingo there will be kids bouncers, face painting, balloon animals and caricatures for $5.

All proceeds will support educational and cultural programming at the Ziibiwing Center.


Thursday, August 2nd

Music & Comedy Night  • 6-9pm •  Ziibiwing Center lawn

Comedy Show featuring:

Buddy Big Mountain

Live Music featuring:

Brothers in Music & Anna Mae Aldridge

This event is free and open to the public.

There will also be free food.


In addition to our NativeFest events the Ziibiwing Center is hosting

Art Walk Central

Art Walk Central, an art competition organized by Art Reach of Mid Michigan, is coming to the Ziibiwing Center. There will be two artists represented, Anne Gochenour and Mary Jarman.

Anne’s work, titled “Confronting Reality,” is comprised of a five-foot tall bear confronting an image of a brown bear on a computer screen. Mary’s work, titled “Delicate Friends,” is a sketch of a photograph she took at Mt. Hood.

Come check out these artists’ great works and cast your vote.


The NativeFest celebration is exclusively sponsored by PNC Bank.

Time for a History Lesson

27 Jul

Are you interested in learning more about American Indian History? Well the Ziibiwing Center has a new resource for you to enjoy.

The Ziibiwing Center Comparative Timeline outlines major events in Anishinabek, U.S. and World History, as well as highlighting important Agents of Change over time. The timeline is an interactive tool to learn about different events as far back as the year 600. Events range from journies to new lands, to wars and battles and even the births of major world leaders.


To use the timeline, click and drag one of the colored bars on the timeline or move the small date marker, at the bottom of the timeline. To get more information about a specific event simply hover over a white box and click the more button. With its easy accessibility the timeline not only becomes a great resource for adults interested in history, but also a teaching tool for children to learn about history in a fun way.

To learn more about American Indian History and to check out our interactive timeline visit

Keep Cool in July with the Ziibiwing

5 Jul

Things are heating up outside, but the Ziibiwing has some cool things coming up for you to do.


American Indian Dances

Every Saturday in July at 12 noon, 2 pm & 4 pm. Dance performances will be held in the Ziibiwing Center lobby. These events are free and open to the public.

July 7th – Men’s and Women’s Traditional

July 14th – Men’s Grass and Women’s Jingle

July 21st – Men’s Fancy Feather and Women’s Fancy Shawl

July 28th – Social and Hoop


Sundance Institute Youth Film Lab and Film Screening

Friday, July 20th

 Youth Film Lab Workshop at Ziibiwing Center 11am – 3pm (all ages)

Celebration! Cinema Community Screening 6 – 9pm (16 and up recommended)

4935 East Pickard Road,Mount Pleasant,MI48858

Reception to Follow

Three Fires Ballroom, Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort,6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd., Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

 Contact Glenna Genereaux at (989)775-4744 for more information

Heid Erdrich: Book Reading & Writing Workshop

Saturday, July 21st

Join us for a book reading and writing workshop with Heid Edrich, award-winning author and poet of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibway. The writing workshop will be from 11am to 1pm followed by a reading from 5 to 6pm.





Changing Exhibit Closes

July 28th

 Come in before this great exhibit closes. The Anishnaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag “Native Kids Ride Bikes” exhibition presents lowrider bicycles created by urban Native youth, contemporary Indigenous artists, and non-Native college students.