Aquinas College Fall Break – Cultural Education Trip to Northern Michigan

Twenty Aquinas students along with AQ Advantage Center facilitators Dana Hebreard, Brigid Avery and Linda Keway as well as Father Bob embarked on a cultural learning trip to Northern Michigan October 21-24th. They visited the homeland of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, a northern Michigan tribe that consists of over 4000 members. The tribal government offices are located in Petoskey/Harbor Springs.  Eric Hemenway, Director of Repatriation, Archives and Records for the tribe served as cultural guide. He guided the group on a walking tour of the area in Harbor Springs that formerly housed the Holy Childhood Indian Boarding School. He then took the group to spiritual areas in Cross Village and also to Greensky Hill Indian Church and burial grounds. The trip culminated with a visit to Mackinac Island where the group was given a special tour of the Biddle House Native American Museum. 

By Dana Hebreard
Dana Hebreard Director, Advantage Center and Career Services