Native Americans perform at Wings of Wonder Eagle Release, Feb. 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Native Americans perform at Wings of Wonder Eagle Release, Feb. 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo

The second of two Zoom presentations by Eric Hemenway on the History of Odawa Leadership in Northern Michigan will take place on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 6 p.m.

The presentation is a program of the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society. If you’d like to attend, please email Ann Swaney, aswaney@acegroup.cc, for the Zoom link. The presentations are not being recorded.

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And if you’d like to become a member of the Historical Society, click here. My dad, Walter Johnson, was one of the founders when it was first organized, and I’ve been a member for many years. It’s a great way to learn more about the history of the Old Mission Peninsula and gather with a great group of people. (Via Zoom lately, but hopefully in person soon!)

The first part of Eric’s talk took place on Jan. 13 and explored some of the actions of the Northern Michigan Odawa leaders prior to the Civil War. Read a few highlights of the presentation here.

The second part on Feb. 4 will explore the leadership following the Civil War period.

Eric Hemenway is the Director of Repatriation, Archives and Records for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. He notes, “The Odawa of Northern Michigan have experienced many difficulties and challenges throughout history, including fighting in multiple wars and avoiding forced removal from Michigan. Leadership has been critical in the Odawa persevering through these trying times.”

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