|Friday, September 25, 2020 is Michigan Indian Day! We acknowledge and thank guest writer, Miranda Recollet, Native American Education Program Specialist, for offering her knowledge and experience for our learning benefit.
Aanii Kina Wiiyaa (Ah-Nee-Kin-uh-Wee-Yah)! (Greetings, everyone!)
Set on the fourth Friday in September of each year, Michigan Indian Day is an opportunity for all people who call this great state home to acknowledge and celebrate our Michigan heritage by delving into the Native American culture of this region. Michigan Native Americans, known as the Anishinaabeg (Potawatomi, Odawa, and Ojibwe people,) celebrate pride in their unique ancestry with food, song, language, and togetherness on this day. Throughout all the historic adversity, this great nation continues to walk successfully in two worlds by practicing their culture while adding to Michigan’s economy and best practices.
Together let us celebrate our cherished GRPS diversity by sharing our knowledge, respect, and gratitude for the Anishinaabeg of Michigan. We encourage you to designate some time and energy today to learning some Anishinaabemowin, Michigan’s first language, witnessing some of the many art forms, attending Michigan Indian Day at Rosa Parks Circle, or simply by saying “Happy Michigan Indian Day” to a colleague, friend or relative.
An Anishinaabemowin Phrase you can share on this day is: “Mino Giizhigaate (Mi-No-Gee-Zhi-Gut), which means Good day.
As we strive to learn about the cultures, customs, traditions, and history of the families that comprise our community, and in recognition of Michigan Indian Day, we encourage you to review the following resources:
Michigan Indian Directory
Native American Resources
Native American Language, History & Culture, Michigan
Michigan Indian Education Council & Resources
GVSU, Michigan Native American Resource Page
MSU, Michigan Native American Culture & The Arts