Walking Beyond Our Ancestors Footsteps – New Exhibit Coming to the Grand Rapids Public Museum

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Published April 1, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) announced today a new regional traveling exhibit titled Walking Beyond Our Ancestors’ Footsteps: An Urban Native American Experience will open on Saturday, April 2, 2016.

This exhibition invites visitors to step into the gaze of a few of the American Indians who have lived, worked and studied in the greater Grand Rapids area over the mid-20th and 21st centuries and features contemporary artwork by local American Indian artists. The show contains historic documents and objects made by local American Indians during the past several decades.

Walking Beyond our Ancestors Footsteps will be in the Museum’s Circle Theater, a 800 square foot area on the 3rd floor located next to the core exhibition Anishinabek: The People of This Place. Admission will be included with general admission to the GRPM. This exhibit will be on display through June 19, 2016.

This exhibit is part of the work completed in conjunction with the “Gi-gikinomaage-min (We are all teachers): Defend Our History, Unlock Your Spirit” project, which is managed by the Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley State University. That project has been supported in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To learn more, visit https://www.gvsu.edu/kutsche/gi-gikinomaage-min-we-are-all-teachers-10.htm.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is located in downtown Grand Rapids at 272 Pearl Street, N.W.

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