'Native Treaties: Shared Rights' exhibit at Alpena library – Alpena News

Jan 19, 2023
News Photo by Darby Hinkley Special Collections Librarian Don La Barre stands next to one of the traveling exhibit panels displayed at Alpena County Library now through March 17.
ALPENA — The traveling exhibit “Native Treaties: Shared Rights” is on display at Alpena County Library now through March 17.
The traveling component of the Central Michigan University Clarke Historical Library’s exhibit, “Native Treaties: Shared Rights” explores how land, rights, and education came together as indigenous people and the U.S. government created the legal understanding that underlies our societies today.
“They wanted to create an approachable, more general-level discussion piece on Native American treaties,” Special Collections Librarian Don La Barre said on Wednesday.
Upon entering the Alpena County Library, the first panel is visible, titled “What is a Treaty?” Next to it, printed handouts are available with a map of where to find the additional panels throughout the library. There are six panels in total. The handout also includes a QR code you can scan with your smartphone that will take you to the Clarke Historical Library’s online exhibit, which features more in-depth information. Also on the handout are recommended reading selections available at the Alpena County Library.
Those books include: “Masters of Empire, Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America” by Michael A. McDonnell, “Rites of Conquest, The History and Culture of Michigan’s Native Americans” by Charles E. Cleland, “A Dictionary of the Ojibway Language” by Frederick Baraga, “Braiding Sweetgrass, Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer, “We are still here! Native American truths everyone should know” by Traci Sorell, and “Notable native people: 50 indigenous leaders, dreamers, and changemakers from past and present” by Adrienne Keene.
“In these past couple of months, I’ve really seen a renewed, real interest in understanding more about indigenous history here, and really looking at the Chippewa, and the Odawa, and the Potawatomi — the Three Fires,” La Barre said. “It’s been really exciting to see that, and that’s why we brought this program here.”
This exhibit is presented by the George R. and Edith Angell Cook Special Collections Department. For more information, call 989-356-6188, ext. 17, or email dlabarre@alpenalibrary.org. The library is located at 211 N. 1st Ave., Alpena.
Reach Hinkley at dhinkley@thealpenanews.com.
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