Native American Tradition in a Modern World:
Fishing and the Cultural Identity of the Grand Traverse Band
Dennos Museum Center
On Saturday, April 29 at 1:00 P.M. at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, Michigan, a guided tour of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians’ Natural Resources Office and the Arthur Duhamel Marina will commence. Tour guides will interpret the activities, mission, and research projects associated with the Natural Resources Office. In addition, the tour will include a visit to the Arthur Duhamel Marina where tribal fishers will exhibit their fishing boats. Native American Tradition in a Modern World focuses on the tribal fishers’ views and beliefs regarding the management and conservation of Lake Michigan fisheries. This program has been organized by the Great Lakes Center for Maritime Studies at Western Michigan University in conjunction with its "Fish for All" exhibition, which is currently located at the Dennos Museum Center.
Following a 1979 U.S. District Court decision recognizing tribal treaty fishing rights, the Bay Mills Indian Community, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians created their own fisheries regulatory policy. The three tribes and the Little River Band of Ottawa have joined together to create the Chippewa Ottawa Treaty Fishery Management Authority (COTFMA). Under a 1985 U.S. District Court Consent Order, COTFMA shares responsibility for fisheries management with state and federal fisheries officials. The tribes and COTFMA support fisheries research and education. Fishing is integral to tribal culture both today and in the past.
The Dennos Museum Center is located on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. Admission to the program is $5.00. For more information, please contact the Dennos Museum at 231-922-1055.
Great Lakes Center for Maritime Studies
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