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The Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center welcomes Grand Traverse Band member, Eileen C. Shimizu, along with three readers, who read from a select compilation of her transcribed oral Anishinabe winter stories, retold with prose works from Eileen titled, Ojibwe Winter Tales, taken from 75 original tales recorded in the early 1900’s by William Jones of the Fox Tribe.
Jones received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University; thereafter, earning his Doctorate at Columbia University under the Anthropologist, Frank Boaz. In 1904, Jones wrote his dissertation on Algonquin Word Formation which was later published at the New York Academy of Science.
Eileen currently resides in Trenton, New Jersey where she works as an attorney for Eileen C. Shimizu, Esq. She specializes in immigration and criminal law. Eileen received her MA in English Literature at the University of Michigan and her MLA from Western Michigan University. Eileen continued her education at Temple University, in Philadelphia, PA. During this time, she also studied at Columbia University where she studied under the famed poet, Edward Dahlberg in the graduate program.
Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center is a place that serves both members of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, and the larger community. It is a place where traditions, culture, language are practiced; and archives, museum collections and Indigenous media (video) of the GTB are stored. It also provides a portal to the tribe for the community as a place where the public is welcomed to learn about the culture and history of the Grand Traverse Band.
Eyaawing (pronounced a-ya-wing) means “Who we are” in Anishinaabemowin, the traditional language of Michigan’s Native people.
Peshawbestown is on scenic M-22 between Suttons Bay and Omena, about 30-35 minutes from Traverse City.