Sonderegger Symposium

On November 1, 2019, the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies and the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University will be presenting the 19th annual Sonderegger Symposium. The Symposium is the largest and most prestigious academic conference dedicated to the study of the Upper Peninsula and Upper Great Lakes region.

This year, the theme for the Symposium will be, “Anishinaabek: East, South, West, North.” This title is in reference to the First Nations of this region and the medicine wheel which represents not only the four directions, but many facets of traditional life.  This interdisciplinary symposium will feature presentations on many aspects of Anishinaabek life, both past and present.

This event will be held at the Northern Center and is free and open to the public. In addition, there will be a free lunch and refreshments available for all attendees.

19th Annual Sonderegger Symposium

“Anishinaabek: East, South, West, North”

November 1, 2019

Northern Center

8 a.m.                          Blessing by Vicki Dowd, Hannahville Indian Community

8:20 a.m.                     Welcome and Introductory Comments

                                    President Fritz Erickson, Northern Michigan University

8:30 – 9:10a.m.           “Nda-ozhibii’ige-mi Miijim Gikendaasowin (Documenting Food Knowledge)”

                                    Dr. Martin Reinhardt – Professor, Center for Native American Studies, NMU

9:20 – 10 a.m.             “An Ohio Valley perspective on the medical Far North.”

                                    Dr. Michael Dorn – Independent Scholar, Kansas City, MO

10:10 – 11 a.m.           "Welcome to the Resistance:  An Open Letter to Climate Activists in the Northwoods...and Beyond"

                                    Aimee Cree Dunn, Instructor, Center for Native American Studies, NMU                           

11:10 – 12 p.m.           Keynote Address, “Anishinaabe-bimaadizi: Anishinaabe views about wellness”

                                    Karen R. Diver (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa)

                                    Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona, Former Special Assistant to President Barack Obama for Native American Affairs.

12:00 – 1 p.m.             Lunch – Music Performance by Waawiyeyaa

1:10 – 2 p.m.               Roundtable on the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act and Cultural Preservation

                                    Colleen Medicine, Director of Language & Culture, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians; Earl Meshigaud, Sr., Director of the Culture Department of Hannahville Indian Community; Molly Meshigaud, Hannahville                  Indian Community; Cory Sagataw, Hannahville Indian Community.

2:10 – 2:50 pm.           “Intergenerational Trauma and its impacts on Anishinaabe communities”

                                    Charlee Brissette, Community Health Educator, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

3 – 3:40 p.m.               ᒪᓂᑐ  manido spirit ᐃᑭᑐᐧᐃᓇᓐ ikidowinan words: Creating Community Friendly Anishinaabe Language Learning Materials.”

                                    Dr. Jud Sojurn, Assistant Professor, Center for Native American Studies, NMU

3:50 – 4:30 p.m.          “Heading into the Woods Near Waaswaaganing: Embodying Relational Accountability Through Anishinaabe Art Education”

                                     April Lindala, Professor, Center for Native American Studies, NMU

4:40 – 5 p.m.               Closing Remarks, “What’s in a Name”

                                    Daniel Truckey, Director, Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center


Upper Peninsula Folklife Awards

Nominations due April 12, 2019

Submit nominations here:

The nomination process for the 2019 Upper Peninsula Folklife Awards is now open and the general public is invited to be part of this process.

The Upper Peninsula Folklife Awards were created in 2009 to honor individuals and organizations that have made a difference in preserving and promoting the folk culture of the region. Since that time 12 individuals and two organizations have received the award.

Each year, we request nominations from the general public. The nominee(s) should be a person(s) or organization that you feel have made a difference in the creation and/or preservation of folk arts in the U.P., including music, dance, storytelling, crafts, food, etc. After the nomination period has ended, a committee will review nominations and make the final selections. Nominations will be accepted through April 12.

To find information on how to nominate someone or organization, please visit the Beaumier Center’s website, and click on the “Events” tab or follow this link to the online nomination form