6650 E. Broadway • Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Phone: 989-775-4750 • Fax: 989-775-4770
Open Mon. thru Sat. 10am - 6pm • Closed Sundays

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 - September 5, 2007


Mt. Pleasant, Michigan    The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will host a three-day pit fired pottery workshop led by award-winning artist Shirley Brauker on September 19-21. The workshop will be followed by a very special collection showing on Saturday, September 22 featuring southwest pottery from the Ziibiwing Center's Caleb E. Calkins Collection.

Shirley Brauker, Odawa and German, received a Master of Arts degree in 1983 from Central Michigan University. In 1991, she continued her formal art education at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Brauker's instruction will include pinch pots and wall shields, glazing techniques, pit firing, and the history of pottery. Participants will have the opportunity to display their finished pieces on Saturday, September 22 in the Ziibiwing Center lobby.  This pit fired pottery workshop is free and open to the public. Participation is limited and reservations are
required - contact Sales & Events Coordinator Stefanie Dombrowski at (989) 775-4744 to reserve your spot today.

The Southwest Pottery Collection Showing on Saturday, September 22 from 10am-6pm brings together Ziibiwing's curator, William Johnson, and special guest curator, Marita Hinds, the acting director of Institutional Advancement at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  They will discuss the pottery from the Pueblo villages of Acoma, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, and San Ildefonso along with the villages of Hopi and Zuni. North American Indian pottery, especially pottery created by the Pueblos of New Mexico, is prized for its beauty and creativity. Learn about the hand coiled pottery of these ancient cultures in this free and open to the public special event.

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 permanent exhibition, changing exhibitions, research center, gift shop and café. 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 establishment, the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort.

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