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Have you ever wondered what life was like in northern Wisconsin at the time French fur traders arrived? Or how the Anishinaabe people in this area reacted and adapted to new people (French, British, and eventually American) entering into their territory? This workshop examines the history and sovereignty of Anishinaabe people and how this region’s cultural and ecological landscape has changed through multiple time periods—from the 16th century to the present.

Participants will get hands-on experience examining and analyzing a range of primary source archival documents, including maps, fur trade ledgers, and treaties. They will also get a chance to immerse themselves in the area through a guided hike, where we will look at what the forest, plants, and waterways can tell us about history and its relevance to the present day. You’ll leave with a better understanding and appreciation of how Anishinaabe people have shaped our region in the past and present, and why Anishinaabe sovereignty and treaty rights continue to matter today.

Meet Your Instructor
Emily Macgillivray is a historian who focuses on Native American and gender history of the Great Lakes. She received her PhD in American culture from the University of Michigan and is currently an assistant professor of Native American studies at Northland College. Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, she is passionate about the Lake Superior and enjoys hiking, canoeing, and camping in the region whenever she has the chance.

  • Dates: July 20, 2019
  • Duration: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday
  • Location: Forest Lodge, Cable, WI
  • Program: Ojibwe/Anishinaabe history, cultural history, treaty rights
  • Meals: 1 lunch, snacks; Please specify dietary needs at registration.
  • Price: $40


Registration closes July 13 or when the session fills.

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