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.
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 www.nmubookstore.com, or through Partners Book Distributing.