Be Tenders of the Garden

Earl Meshigaud

A northern Michigan American Indian elder believes something is amiss in nature and is encouraging tribal communities to join with non-tribal partners for pollinator protection and the restoration of native plants. “It is your responsibility – as well as ours – to be tenders of the garden,” said Earl Meshigaud, Hannahville Potawatomi Indian Community Tribal Council Member and Culture Department Director. Continue reading

Michigan’s Hannahville Indian (Potowatomi) Community hosts 3rd Native Plants Workshop

Native Plants Workshop

On April 12th, 2012, a few hundred yards from a small Michigan’s tribe’s administrative offices, 43 representatives from 5 American Indian communities met to explore the important recovery of native plants, sharing a vision to building a new cooperative effort for restoring threatened plant species. Sounds of drums and the smell of sweet grass set a ceremonial context for Continue reading

Kinomaagewin-aki, Teachings from the Earth

Kinomaage Success Story

You are invited to a Native Plants Restoration and Pollinator Protection Workshop for Native American Tribal Communities in Northern Michigan.

Gain insights into traditional Native cultural teachings, medicinal plants, & challenges facing native plants restoration.

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Efforts for Plant Restoration Unite Tribes in Northern Michigan

Collaborative Efforts for Plant Restoration Unite Tribes in Northern Michigan

When sounds of drums echoed through the forests in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in a dedication of a Native plants greenhouse at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC), neighboring communities across the Great Lakes basin took notice.

That evening, less than a year ago, marked the beginning of a Continue reading

Zaagkii Booklet

Zaagkii Booklet

Secrets of the Monarch from the land & peoples of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Recently printed, this booklet gives insight to the motivation behind the project, a run down of our accomplishments to date, as well as what’s on the horizon for the future of The Zaagkii Project. You can view it online Continue reading

USDAFS Ethnobotany Project

USDAFS Ethnobotany Project

An important component of the Zaagkii Project in 2010 included the filming of 24 interviews with Ojibway elders speaking about traditional plants. These recorded interviews are being linked to the national USDAFS Ethnobotany Resource Center in Washington D.C.
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Riding the Wind

Riding the Wind

Tentatively scheduled for October 2011.

Following the Monarch Butterfly from Michigan to Mexico.

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KBIC helps indigenous plant restoration with geodesic dome solar-powered greenhouse

Indigenous Plant Greenhouse

A dedication ceremony will be held in late August for the 16-foot geodesic dome solar-powered greenhouse that was built this summer at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) in an effort to restore native species plants to northern Michigan.
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