Events
Native American Ways

Native American Ways

Date/Time
06/08/2022 - 09/02/2022
10:00 am - 4:30 pm


Native American Ways presented by The IQhub

This summer, the IQhub will host a special exhibit on Native American history and culture! This collection of displays is called Native American Ways. The exhibit is open from now until September 2, 2022, with special evening events in July and August.

Central Michigan University’s Clarke Library has loaned the IQhub their exhibit on Native American Treaties, with a focus on Michigan territories. On display is a life-sized birch bark hut, maple sugar exhibit and other agricultural items from Cheboygan, as well as an eye-opening boarding school exhibit from the Museum of Ojibwa Culture in St Ignace. Wenonah Bird of Mount Pleasant has a beautiful display of Native American Regalia – jingle dresses, ribbon dresses, authentic bead work examples and beaded moccasins that she hand sews. From the Elijah Elk Cultural Center Seventh Generation Program of Mt Pleasant, the IQhub has on loan various items such as snow shoes, a lacrosse stick, drums and a medicine bag. Also, historical photography from the Library of Congress is on display.

On Wednesday, July 20th from 6 pm to 8 pm, the IQhub will host a special family night that includes Native American dancers and drummers. One of the most beautiful things about Native American culture is the unique quality of Native American dance. To the untrained eye, these Native American dances may look like nothing more than interesting movements designed to match the rhythm of a song. On the contrary, dances in this culture each have a deeper purpose and significance. Native Americans use dance as a way to connect with each other and honor longstanding traditions. After each performance, the dancers will explain the meaning of the dance.

On Thursday, August 18th from 3 pm to 8 pm, the IQhub is excited to hold a Summer Market. Join us for a special, week-night Summer Market on the grounds of the IQhub museum and corporate headquarters of AgroLiquid in St Johns. This outdoor vendor event is open to vendors of all types. Visit our website at www.iqhubag.org for the market vendor application and information. A special market event will include a birch-bark basket making class with Keith Knecht of Cheboygan. Various Native American tribes sewed pieces of birch bark together to make baskets to carry water, food and other supplies. Join us from 5pm-8pm to make your own basket using traditional Native American tools or just watch and listen to Keith as he talks about their history.

As always, admission to the IQhub is free to the public. The IQhub is open weekly Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm and 10 am to 8 pm on July 20th and August 18th. For more information on Native American Ways, please contact the IQhub at 989-227-3847 or email IQ.hub@agroliquid.com.

The IQhub is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to be a free educational center for agricultural history, innovation and exploration.