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Guided Walks Explore How The Anishinaabek Readied For Winter

Sept. 12, 2022

For the Anishinaabek, summer and autumn were crucial periods for trade and preparation before the arduous winter. Join Anishinaabe historian Eric Hemenway at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Saturday, September 17, for two special programs related to this transition.

At 11am meet at the Platte River Picnic Area (west of M-22 on Lake Michigan Road) to explore the importance of seasonal movement, food preservation, and the Odawa’s preparation for winter. There may be a short walk, but this program is largely a seated presentation. Please bring a chair for this 1.5-hour program.

At 4pm Hemenway will meet at the end of Stormer Road to lead a 1.5-mile hike at the Treat farm out to a view of Lake Michigan. During this 1.5-hour guided hike, discover why the Odawa were known for their ability to navigate the Great Lakes for trade, and how the tribe’s history of trade stretched beyond the realm of economics. This walk has a few small inclines and an exposed portion through a field. Please bring water, sun protection, and suitable hiking shoes.

All programs are free with a valid park entrance pass, which can purchased at the Phillip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire.

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