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American Indian book released

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January 15, 2012
The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - An anthology of creative works representing the contemporary American Indian experience in Michigan has been published.

"Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now," is a 304 page paperback that features poetry, short stories, essays, full color photographs and artwork. It also includes a glossary of Anishinaabe terms and contributor biographies.

Northern Michigan University's Center for Native American Studies and the NMU Press collaborated on the project, which was made possible by a $15,000 grant from the Michigan Humanities Council.

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More than 200 pieces were submitted for consideration. A committee of campus scholars, along with a community elder and author, selected the 88 included in the book.

Local contributors, listed by city of residence (or hometown, if an NMU student) are:

Baraga - Kaylee Brunk; Sally Brunk; Cory Fountaine, senior, art and design; Margaret Shelifoe.

Bark River - Clara Corbett.

Gwinn - Kevin Lowe; Martin Reinhardt; Ashley Shelafoe, freshman, general university studies; Taylor Shelafoe; Lacie Stanton; Pamella Vincent.

Hamilton - Cameron Witbeck, master's candidate, creative writing.

Iron River - Lois Maki.

Ishpeming - Penny Olson; Diane Salmela Rice.

Kinross - Ty Dettloff, senior, English writing.

Marquette - Pat Anthony, senior, history; Teresa Bertossi; Shirley Brozzo; Grace Chailier; Echoe Deibert; Mike Ellison; Mary Henson; Bill Houle; April Lindala; Kenn Pitawanakwat; Alex Ruuska.

Sault Ste. Marie - Phil Bellfy, George Tessier.

Skandia - Barbara Bradley; Aimee Cree Dunn.

Vulcan - Robelle Degenaer.

"Voice on the Water" is available at the NMU Bookstore, online at, or through Partners Book Distributing.



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