CLANS Project


The Creating and Learning Art in Native Settings project (CLANS) had 34 American Indian student participants learning traditional arts from American Indian artists during the week of July 16-20, 2012. These workshops promoted project-based learning inclusive of Anishinaabe language lessons, traditional songs, and storytelling.


View CLANS Photo Highlights on our Flickr website.  CLANS Black Ash Baskets


Workshops included:


birch bark and porcupine quill art with Elizabeth Kimewon

basics of sewing and regalia making with Michelle Reed

beadwork with Toni Williams

black ash baskets with Cherish Parish

basswood cordage and cattail mats with Kelly Church 

hide moccasins with Greg Johnson 

hide tanning with Leon Valliere

singing and drumming with Brian Poupart

leather pouches with Sadie Valliere

hoop making, regalia making, and female dance with Summer Cohen 

hoop dancing with Megan Tucker 

male dance with Adrian King

warrior games with Martin Reinhardt



Chi-miigwech to the staff, artists, counselors, and the many volunteers who assisted with this camp.  We appreciate all that you've done to make this a success for the students. 


See the initial NMU News Release




Workshops took place at the Lac Vieux Desert tribal historic preservation building, the LVD youth center in Watersmeet and the natural setting of the Old Indian Village near the LVD reservation.




To learn more about the CLANS Project, contact April Lindala at (906) 227-1397 or Giiwe Martin at (906) 358-0137.


CLANS is made possible by a National Endowment for the Arts grant with support from the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Northern Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Hannahville Indian School and Youth Program, and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Youth Program.