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Fall 2020 Wendy J. Wenner Senior Thesis Award

Fall 2020 Wendy J. Wenner Senior Thesis Award

Interest Area(s)
Anthropology, Integrative Studies

Aaniin (hello), I am from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and majoring in Integrative Studies with an area of focus in Indigenous Leadership and Sustainability. I wrote my thesis on approaches to reteaching/relearning Indigenous history, culture and old ways in Anishinaabek communities. I reflect on my own connection to my Anishinaabek community, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. I draw from numerous resources including my professor, auntie and mentor, Dr. Andrea Riley-Mukavetz, Indigenous decolonizing methods, and practices for creating a safe and nurturing space. Overall, I discuss obstacles and solutions for relearning Anishinaabek history and ways-of-knowing in Anishinaabek communities. 

I chose my thesis because I value the tool of schools, and understand the complex history between schools/education and the Anishinaabek. The school I went to K-8th grade, J.K.L Bahweting Anishinabe influenced my thesis, and I hope to create or add to materials for Anishinaabek to use outside of schools.

I am thankful to the Integrative Studies Department for having professors, staff and classes that supported my educational goals. The department professors are wonderful. They provided a safe and understanding environment for me to flourish in and will forever be grateful for them. After graduation, I plan to work for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Language and Culture Department to create a toolkit of history and ways-of-knowing for the staff. Chi miigwech miinwaa baamaapii (big thank you and see you later).

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