Incorporating Indigenous Sources and Topics into Your Courses


Native populations are often left out of the American narrative yet the tribal nations of this continent have shaped and influenced the story of every single inch of land in this country. Eric Hemenway, Director of Repatriation, Archives and Records for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, hosted this session to help educators weave in native history into the classroom, with examples of primary sources, topics and historical events that have significant, native participation. The focus will be on the Anishnaabek of Michigan.

Eric Hemenway, an Anishinaabe/Odawa, is Director of Repatriation, Archives, and Records for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Waganakising—The Land of the Crooked Tree—located in the northwest portion of the lower peninsula of Michigan. He has a lifelong involvement in researching Odawa history. He has collaborated widely with museums, universities, the National Park Service, schools and various governments in conducting and presenting research to a wide range of audiences, including to students, staff, faculty, and the general public.

This event was sponsored by the History Section (from the Department of History & Philosophy) and the Faculty Development Center. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ashley Bavery at [email protected].