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Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways
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For Immediate Release - July 15, 2009

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan    The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will be closing the changing exhibition "Artistic Expressions of the Great Lakes Indians" on Saturday, Aug. 8.
The exhibit will be open from 10am - 6pm for its final public viewing.

The early Indians of the Great Lakes recognized the reciprocal relationship between them and their natural surroundings, reflecting a deep connection to the land, sky, and water. Living in concert and stewardship with North America's Northeastern and Southeastern woodlands, their culture reflected this deep connection. Art was inspired by the resources of Mother Earth, utilizing animal, mineral, and vegetable gifts from nature. The Great Lakes Indians artwork was primarily utilitarian and made for everyday but it was also created to demonstrate beauty and personal decoration. The objects were seen as a necessary continuance of life.

Since January the "Artistic Expressions of the Great Lakes Indians" exhibition has displayed beautifully constructed cultural material from after the period of European contact into the early 20th century. The exhibition presents a range of objects characterizing traditional Great Lakes Indian art such as beadwork, birchbark, quillwork, clothing, ribbonwork/silk appliqué, weavings, and woodwork. The exhibition pieces draw primarily from the collections of Laura Herrington, Royal Oak, Mich., Tom Noakes, Canfield, Ohio, Richard Pohrt Jr., Ann Arbor, Mich., and Mike Slasinski, Saginaw, Mich. For more information contact the Ziibiwing Center's curator, William Johnson, at (989) 775-4730.

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways in Mount Pleasant, Mich. 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, gift shop, Wi-Fi coffee & media lounge, and meeting rooms. The Ziibiwing Center is a non-profit cultural learning 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 Saganing Eagle Landing Casino located in Standish, Mich.