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



JANUARY 2015

Community Cradleboard Project Continues until completion
Here’s an exciting opportunity to be a part of the Ziibiwing Center Museum.
You are invited to help create three cradleboards for the Blood Memory Area of the Permanent Exhibit. These cradleboards will represent the Tribes of the Three Fires Confederacy (Ojibwe/Chippewa, Ottawa and Potawatomi). Come to the Ziibiwing Lobby Monday thru Friday during normal business hours to help complete these cradleboards and become a part of history! If there are questions contact Judy Pamp at 989.775.4735

January 1 Ziibiwing Closed for New Year’s Day

January 8
Artist Presentation and Dinner •  6pm-8pm
Guest Speaker: Dr. Suzanne L. Cross

January 15
Vendor Training

January 28
At the Eagles Nest (Tribal Gym)
“Dangers of Energy Drinks” Presentation and Dinner 6pm-8pm



FEBRUARY 2015 (top)


February 3
Performance Circle Sign-Up & First Class • 4pm-5:30pm
Performance Circle classes are held every Tuesday. We will hold the first class from 4p.m. until 5:30p.m. We will then evaluate the class size and students needs to determine if we need to split the class into smaller groups to offer the best learning opportunities (Senior Class 4pm until 5:30pm & Junior Class 5:30pm until 6:30pm) Sign-up today for this 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginners may join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers may join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music and language.) It also strives to prepare our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

Download the Spring 2015 Registration Form (.pdf)

February 6
Red Dress Fashion Show and Dinner • 6pm-8pm
Ziibiwing Center

February 7-14
Collection Showing • 10am-6pm
Join William Johnson, Ziibiwing Curator, on Saturday Feb. 7 f, 10am – 3pm as he presents this showing.

February 10
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

February 17
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

February 24
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

February 26 •   6pm-8pm
Anishinabe Miijim Community Potluck
Recognition of Heart Disease Survivors

 

February 28 •   Shawl Collection Closes


MARCH 2015 (top)

March 3
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

March 10
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.


March 17
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

March 23-27
Artist-in-Residence: Featherwork Workshop
More information to follow.

March 24
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

Performance Circle Spring Break
No Classes on March 31 or April 7



APRIL 2015 (top)

April 14
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

April 21
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

April 20-24
Mother Earth Week
Teachers, call and book today! Open to K-6 grades and limited to 60 students per day. Bring your own brown bag lunch and learn about the history of wild rice, wild rice harvesting, and language teachings. Experience hands-on environmental activities and enjoy wild rice sampling. Admission is $4 per student and $2 per educator. For more information or to make your reservation, contact Glenna Genereaux at (989) 775-4744 or email ggenereaux@sagchip.org.

April 28
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.




MAY 2015 (top)

May 2
Bird Day Celebration • 1-4pm
Come join us for a FREE day of educational fun for the entire family. View a special dance performance, as well as a live bird presentation. Enjoy children's activities, door prizes and more.

May 5
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

May 7 & 8
Ziibiwing’s 11th Birthday Sale • 10am-6pm
Come celebrate our birthday with us as we turn 11! The Ziibiwing Center and Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort gift shops are selling off  hundreds of items at rummage sale prices in the Grand Entrance Lobby of the Ziibiwing Center. Special activities will be held! Be sure to mark your calendar to join us for the greatest sale of the year!

May 12
Performance Circle Graduation • 6-9pm
Students will demonstrate what they have learned by showcasing cultural dance and songs for family and friends at the Broadway Theatre, 216 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858. A reception will follow the performance. This event is free and open to the public.

May 16 - 23
Collection Showing • 10am-6pm

May 18 - 22
Artist-in-Residence: Beadwork Workshop
More information to follow.

May 25 • Ziibiwing Closed for Memorial Day



JUNE 2015 (top)

June 6
Honoring, Healing & Remembering • 7am - 4pm
Held at the Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School site

June 11
Vendor Training

June 13  •  11am-3pm
Community Cultural Teaching at the Sanilac Petroglyphs (near Cass City, Michigan)
The Sanilac Petroglyph (Ezhibiigaadek Asin-Written on Stone) is not only a place of natural beauty and wonder; it is a sacred ceremonial site for our people. Our people have been traveling to the site for many generations. Come and join us as we honor their teachings and take on the role of stewardship. We continue to host our yearly Summer Community Cultural Teachings and Celebration on these sacred grounds due to cultivating collaborative relationships with Michigan's DNR. We show respect for Mother Earth and recognize the important role we have as guardians of our sacred sites. Our guests and the Ziibiwing Center¹s staff members go to great measures to protect Asin (rock) and Shkagmigkwe (Mother Earth) while we are hosting our event. Due to the deterioration of the markings within Asin, there will be limited cleansing in order to protect it.

June 22-26  
Lacrosse Stick Making Workshop
More information to follow.



JULY 2015 (top)

July 4
American Indian Dance: Men & Women's Traditional • 12pm, 2pm & 4pm
Free and open to the public. Traditional dance is the oldest form of dance for men and women. The men's traditional dance tells the story of creation, combat, and hunting. The women's traditional dance honors the connection women share with mother earth. Women traditional dancers are called the "backbone of our nation." Call 989-775-4750 for more information.

July 11
American Indian Dance: Men's Grass & Women's Jingle • 12pm, 2pm & 4pm
Free and open to the public. Long ago, men's grass dancers were responsible for preparing a ceremonial clearing through dance. This form of dance represents the movement of blowing grass. The women's jingle dress was born from a young Ojibwe woman's dream to heal her people. There are 365 tin or copper cones attached to the dress that represent each day of the year. Each cone is filled with a prayer, and as the cones "dance" the prayers are released. Call 989-775-4750 for more information.

July 18
American Indian Dance: Men's Fancy Feather & Women's Fancy Shawl • 12pm, 2pm & pm
Free and open to the public. Men's fancy feather dancers are dressed in two multi-colored feather bustles around their neck and waste. Fancy dancers will amaze you with their high jumps, spins and fancy footwork. Women's Fancy Shawl, also called the "Butterfly Dance", began in the mid-20th century. Women are dressed in intricate beadwork and matching shawls that create beauty in motion as these dancers perform dazzling footwork and spins. Call 989-775-4750 for more information.

July 21
NativeFest – Car Bingo
The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways is hosting NativeFest, a 3-day celebration of North American Indian Culture. The 10th Annual Indian Car Bingo will be held in the Ziibiwing Parking Lot (Rain or Shine). Participants who purchase a bingo packet will enjoy playing bingo from their car with a chance to WIN fabulous prizes including a cover-all grand prize of a $1,000 gift card. Call 989-775-4750 for more information.

July 22
NativeFest – Music & Comedy
The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways is hosting NativeFest, a 3-day celebration of North American Indian Culture. Come enjoy listening to live music and comedy. The Music & Comedy Night will have FREE food, fun and family entertainment.

 Call 989-775-4750 for more information.

July 23-30
NativeFest – Collection Showing


AUGUST 2015 (top)

August 1-22 • 10am – 6pm
Art Walk Central
More information will be provided soon!

August 3-7
Dikinaagan (Cradleboard) Workshop • 5pm - 7pm
The Anishinabek believe children are gifts from the Creator to be respected, nurtured and loved. Our families create beautiful cradleboards (dikinaaganan) for their babies (abinoojiinsag.) Learn about these beautiful works of art and the role they play in our community. Learn first-hand how they are constructed and how to properly use them. This workshop is limited to 10 participants who will help assure the transference of our Anishinabe cultural knowledge on to the next generations.

August 8
World Indigenous People’s Day
More information to follow.

August 17-21
Fiber Woven Bags Workshop

More information to follow.


SEPTEMBER 2015 (top)

September 7 • Ziibiwing Closed for Labor Day

September 12
Monarch Butterfly Celebration • 1-4pm
Free and open to the public. This will be a memorable experience that is fun for the entire family. Enjoy a dance performance from our fancy shawl dancers (which is sometimes called the "Butterfly Dance"). Enjoy children's activities, face painting, door prizes and more!

September 12
Grandparent’s Day • 10am-6pm
Free admission to the permanent and changing exhibit for all Grandparents.

September 22
Performance Circle Sign-Up and First Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Performance Circle classes are held every Tuesday. We will hold the first class from 4p.m. until 5:30p.m. We will then evaluate the class size and students needs to determine if we need to split the class into smaller groups to offer the best learning opportunities (Senior Class 4pm until 5:30pm & Junior Class 5:30pm until 6:30pm)
Sign-up today for this 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginners may join the
Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers may join the Sr. Performance Circle.
The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music and language.) It also strives to prepare our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

Download the Fall 2015 Registration Form(.pdf)

September 26
Native Sky Watchers Exhibit Closes

September 29
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.


Heritage Special throughout the months of September, October and November
(K-8 Classes – Call for Details)
Heritage Specials include a guided tour and dance presentation.
The cost is $4.00 per student and $2.00 per teacher.



OCTOBER 2015 (top)

October 6
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

October 12
Indigenous People’s Day
More information will be provided soon!

October 13
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

October 14
Eagle Feather Cleansing • 1-6pm
Free and open to the public. Participate with members from the Anishinabe Ogitchedaw Veteran & Warrior Society, Eagle Clan, and Ziibiwing staff in cleaning and honoring the eagle feathers in the Ziibiwing Collection. You may also bring your own personal eagle feathers (or bird feathers) to clean and honor. Some restrictions may apply.

October 15-16
Eagle Feather Honoring • 1-6pm
Free and open to the public. Honor and visit the eagle feathers in the Ziibiwing Collections. A bowl will be available to leave your semaa (tobacco) offering which will be placed in a sacred fire.

October 16
Eagle Feather Feast • 6-8pm
Free and open to the public. Join with members from the Anishinabe Ogitchedaw Veterans & Warriors Society, Eagle Clan and Ziibiwing staff in feasting with the eagle feathers in the Ziibiwing Collections. You may also bring your own personal eagle feathers (or bird feathers) to the feast. A sacred fire will be lit to place your semaa (tobacco) offerings. Please bring a dish to pass - no poultry or other bird dishes. Some restrictions may apply.

October 20
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional  Anishinabe  arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

October 24
Cranbrook Institute of Science Exhibit Grand Opening
More information to follow.

October 27
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

Heritage Special throughout the months of September, October and November
(K-8 Classes – Call for Details)
Heritage Specials include a guided tour and dance presentation.
The cost is $4.00 per student and $2.00 per teacher.


NOVEMBER 2015 (top)

November 3
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

November 6
Spirit Feast • 6-8pm
Free and open to the public. Come experience with us the Anishinabe ceremony that honors our ancestors and loved ones that have gone on before us. It is also a healing ceremony for those of us who are still grieving. This is a time to share the special food, photos, and stories of the one(s) who touched your life. Please bring your feast bundles. Call 989-775-4750 for more information.

November 9-13
Artist-in-Residence: Quillbox Workshop
More information to follow.

November 10
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

November 14-21
Collection Showing
More information to follow.

November 17
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

November 19-21
Circle of Indigenous Arts
More information will be provided soon!

November 24
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

November 26 • Ziibiwing will be closed for Thanksgiving Day

Heritage Special throughout the months of September, October and November
(K-8 Classes – Call for Details)
Heritage Specials include a guided tour and dance presentation.
The cost is $4.00 per student and $2.00 per teacher.



DECEMBER 2015 (top)

December 1
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

December 8
Performance Circle Class • 4pm-5:30pm / 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Make sure to attend tonight as part of our 12-week certification program! Ages 3-16, beginner dancers can join the Jr. Performance Circle and ages 6-16, experienced dancers can join the Sr. Performance Circle. The mission of the Anishinabe Performance Circle is aimed at promoting and enhancing positive self-images of all children through the use of traditional Anishinabe arts (storytelling, dance, music, and language), and preparing our youth as leaders in a multicultural society. Dare to learn the culture and share it with others.

December 10 • 5:30pm-8pm
Annual Appreciation Dinner (By Invitation Only)
More information will be provided soon!

December 12 • 12pm-4pm
Community Cultural Teaching & Feast
More information will be provided soon!

December 15
Performance Circle Graduation • 6-9pm
Students will demonstrate what they have learned by showcasing cultural dance and songs for family and friends at the Broadway Theatre:
216 E. Broadway
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858.
A reception will follow the performance. This event is free and open to the public.

December 24 & 25
The Ziibiwing Center will be closed in celebration of the Christmas season.