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Performance Circle

18 Mar

The Ziibiwing Center takes pride in preserving and passing on the culture and spirit of the Anishinabek. One way the Center does this is by educating children about the culture. Throughout the year, 12-week Performance Circle classes are taught to children ages 3 to 16 years old. In these classes, children learn about a variety of things including Ojibwe language, public speaking, pow wow etiquette and vocabulary, regalia care and respect, music, songs, and dances.

Along with these lessons, the Performance Circle ultimately wants to teach children to have positive self images and to prepare them to be leaders in a multi-cultural society. Participants can also gain a stronger understanding of the Anishinabe culture and become more connected with the community.

The winter session Performance Circle’s graduation performance is this May. Visit the Ziibiwing Center website for the date and event details.

Otherwise, Mark Your Calendar this September to become a participant or to sign up a participant. Be sure to visit the Ziibiwing website and follow this blog for information about sign-up and classes this fall.


Indigital: Reflections of a Tribal Community

15 Mar

            Indigital: Reflections of a Tribal Community is the new changing exhibit at the Ziibiwing Center featuring a fascinating collection of photography. The photography displayed in the exhibit was taken by the Ziibiwing Center Photography Club.

            The idea for this exhibition began with a vision from Esther Helms, one of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe’s Higher Education Leadership Intern and Ziibiwing Center employee. Helms wanted to form a photography club for the Ziibiwing Center.  Director Shannon Martin authorized this dream under the circumstances that an exhibition of artwork from the group was created. Since then, the club has been regularly meeting and has compiled an amazing array of photographs.

            “The Ziibiwing Center has the responsibility to communicate, promote, and recognize the culture and history of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan (SCIT), the Great Lakes Anishinabe and other indigenous cultures through appropriate exhibitions,” said William Johnson, curator at the Ziibiwing Center.

            This exhibition highlights the lives of Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal members, descendants, and employees associated with SCIT. The photographs tell stories about day to day life in the Mt. Pleasant area as well as displaying life as a whole.

            Indigital: Reflections of a Tribal Community is complimentary with admission to the Diba Jimooyung (Permanent Exhibit) now through October 1, 2011.

Indigital: Reflections of a Tribal Community

3 Mar


“Indigital: Reflections of a Tribal Community”

The new exhibit is free and open to the public on Saturday, March 5 only. This exhibition will run March 5 – Oct. 1, 2011 and is complimentary with admission to the Diba Jimooyung (Telling Our Story) permanent exhibit. Bear witness to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan’s diverse and dynamic cultural heritage. Flash on the sights of our indigenous society as seen through the lens of the Ziibiwing Center’s Photography Club Members and pulse to the sound of an ethno-techno beat in our new changing exhibition.

Indigital: Reflections of a Tribal Community is more than just a pictorial display – the exhibition captures artistic fleeting moments of a fast-paced world. Behold the spectacle of digital images of Tribal life that reflect a modern world while embodying the essence of Anishinabe culture and ideals. The exhibit will be interactive and showcases a collection of printed and digital imagery of the tribal members, descendants, employees, and events of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.

Check out the black ash baskets!

17 Feb

Last week, 18 adults and 350 youth participating in the Fiber Arts: Black Ash Baskets and Birchbark bitings workshops were immersed in a world of art and culture. Led by artist Kelly Church, participants created their own artistic baskets and birchbark bitings.

The bitings are a rare form of art that not many people know about. “It’s an old traditional art form that is trying to be reintroduced,” Church said. “Before I learned, there were only four people in the state that knew how to do them.” The bitings are made from peeling a piece of birchbark down to one layer, folding it (similar to making a paper snowflake), then biting on it. Church described it as “drawing with your teeth.” Historically, the bitings were done while telling stories or while picking berries.

The adult workshop participants also created a traditional black ash basket as well as a vinyl blind basket to show what future baskets may look like using manufactured materials if the black ash trees were no longer available.


Miigwetch (Thank you) to all of the Artist-in-Residence participants!