6650 E. Broadway • Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Phone: 989-775-4750 • Fax: 989-775-4770
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Stefanie Dombrowski, Sales & Events Coordinator • sdombrowski@sagchip.org
Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways
6650 E. Broadway • Mt. Pleasant, MI  48858
Phone 989.775.4744 • Fax 989.775.4770 • www.sagchip.org/ziibiwing


For Immediate Release - February 5, 2008

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan    The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will host a very special collection showing on Saturday, February 23, 2008 from 10am-3pm entitled Bandoleer Bags of the Great Lakes Anishinabek.  The fully-beaded bandoleer bags that will be featured are from the Richard Pohrt Jr. Collection of Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

The enhancement of formal dress became a way of maintaining identity and pride for the Anishinabek during the latter half of the nineteenth century.  The introduction of glass beads from Europe inspired the Ojibwe, Odawa, Pottawatomi, Menominee, and Ho-Chunk peoples to express their decorative mastery in new and innovative ways.  During this time of profound changes for the Anishinabe peoples, bandoleer bags were created using unparalleled beauty in color and striking complexity in design. 

Richard Pohrt Jr., a noted collector and independent scholar of North American Indian art, will join the Ziibiwing Center's curator, William Johnson, at this collection showing to discuss the origins, materials, and superior craftsmanship of these remarkable works of art.  Many of the bandoleer bags that will be displayed have never been seen by a general audience. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information - contact William Johnson at (989) 775-4730.

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan is the Midwest's Premier American Indian Museum. Established in 2004, the Ziibiwing Center is a distinctive treasure created 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, Ojibwe language immersion room, and gift shop. The Ziibiwing Center is a non-profit cultural center and museum belonging to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan who also own Michigan's only four diamond casino resort, the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, and the recently opened Saganing Eagle Landing Casino located in Standish, Michigan.

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