MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula is home to three Native American communities, and Northern Michigan University is centrally located too each of them.
This was part of the inspiration for bringing the exhibit Native Voices to campus. Native Voices was originally on display at the National Library of Medicine and examines health and medicine concepts among native people.
“It was very popular and they put it together in a traveling form and ran a test on that. It was really received well. It’s really neat because of our Native American Studies Program,” said Bruce Sarjeant the Reference Documents and Maps Librarian at NMU. Sarjeant was the driving force behind organizing the event.
“It’s part of our responsibility to our students and our community to be able to share a variety of perspectives and to help people to have opportunities to learn about one another,” added NMU President Fritz Erickson.
Thursday night was the opening ceremony, which included a drum performance and traditional foods. If you’d like to see the exhibit, it will be on display at the Lydia M. Olson Library through the month of March.