Calling Native Artists!

Land Marker Request for Proposals! The Native American Advisory Committee is seeking artist proposals for the design and creation of a marker to designate the land at OU! We would love to receive your proposals, and work with you to build a creative and beautiful marker for the Anishinaabe Historical Site. RFP below and inContinue reading “Calling Native Artists!”

Land Blessing & Community Assessment

Gidinawemaaganinaanig Endazhigiyang came to the inter-tribal Indigenous community of Southeast Michigan after over two-hundred years in settler colonial possession. The land had been cleared by the university and then backfilled with soil from other sites of construction around campus. Situated behind a parking lot, but nestled against the Western Biological Preserve, the land had beenContinue reading “Land Blessing & Community Assessment”

Acknowledging the Land: Our First Step

We call this land that abuts Oakland University’s Biological Preserve by her name in Anishinaabemowin: Gidinawemaaganinaanig Endazhigiyang (All Our Relations: The Place Where We All Grow). We practice the syllables and feel her cadence in our mouths as a kindling of intimacy. This is how our relationship began: Acknowledging the land is a common practiceContinue reading “Acknowledging the Land: Our First Step”