Long live your family history

14 Jan

Take a trip down memory lane by reviewing your family’s artifacts and consider donating them to the Ziibiwing Center for others to admire and learn about. The center relies on the donations of SCIT members and the surrounding community. The Cultural Resource Management Department of the ZC provides maximum care of the collections for the next Seven Generations. A safe and secure environment is essential to the care of the collections. In conjunction with the processes of accessing new material, cataloging the history of an object, doing inventory and lending/borrowing, the ZC assumes responsibility for the physical care and storage of objects. Temperature, humidity, and pests are monitored daily to ensure the greatest longevity of the objects held within our care.


Chief’s Jacket belonging to James V. Waynee Jr.

This Chief’s Jacket belonged to James V. Waynee Jr., and was made by Sam Wolf of Texas. James was a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and was born in Bay City, Michigan on April 5, 1923. Becky Bratten and Naomi Waynee gifted the jacket to the Ziibiwing Center on September 1, 2006. Through his family’s contribution, a piece of James’ legacy now lives on in the Ziibiwing Center respectfully.

Below is a list of gifts that have been generously donated in the past:

  • Baskets
  • Pottery
  • Sacred and ceremonial objects
  • Dolls
  • Archival and multi-media materials
  • Tools and weapons
  • Personal artifacts
  • Beadwork
  • Transportation equipment and textiles

 The ZC staff also meets quarterly with the Collections Committee. This committee meets to provide input for collections care and management. SCIT members are encouraged to participate. If interested please contact the Ziibiwing Center’s Research Center at 989-775-4748. The Ziibiwing Center would like to acknowledge past and present members of the Collections Committee with a “Chi Miigwech” (Thank You) for their hard work and dedication.


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