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  • Open to the Public

This talk by Eric Hemenway (Anishinaabe/Odawa) will look at how a tribal archives operates in today’s world, ranging from collecting practices and utilization of materials for educational purposes to the key differences that separate a tribal archives from other repositories. This talk is organized in conjunction with the Boundless exhibit, which features one of the most striking books in the Amherst College Collection of Native American Literature, a copy of Odawa author Andrew Blackbird’s History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan (1887), bound in birchbark with porcupine quill decoration by Margaret Boyd, Andrew Blackbird’s sister. Following the talk, participants will be invited to view the book in relation to other works in the Boundless exhibit.

Eric Hemenway, an Anishinaabe/Odawa, is director of repatriation, archives and records for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Waganakising—The Land of the Crooked Tree—located in the northwest portion of the lower peninsula of Michigan. He has a lifelong involvement in researching Odawa history. He has collaborated widely with museums, universities, the National Park Service, schools and various governments in conducting and presenting research to a wide range of audiences, including to students, staff, faculty and the general public. Eric currently sits on boards for the Michigan Historical Commission, Michigan Historical Society, Michigan Humanities Council and Little Traverse Conservancy.

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