Families will spend time together participating in language workshops, have access to language presentations, and work toward building a conversational Anishanaabe community through our fun and natural immersion environment.
Adults and children spend time together throughout the day, evening programs, or while dancing, singing and enjoying the outdoors. There are also special times set aside where kids get to be kids together: learning language through fun songs, games and play while the adults take a language or cultural connection classes and work in sessions with Elders and instructors.
This years camp begins August 24th at 1pm and will end August 25th at 3pm. There are limited overnight camping options for families who wish to stay on site through the event. Fees for the camp are used to compensate presenters for their travel/time as well as provide food for event participants. The space has been donated for this purpose by Fenner Conservancy, the non profit that manages Fenner Nature Center.
Aarin Dokum is the Vice President at Nokomis Learning Center where he chairs the language committee. He instructs an open language sessions weekly and is a Anishnaabemwin first language speaker. Aarin dedicates his time to giving back to the native communities and recently did his first round of presentations at Little River Band of Ottawa Indians language camp.
Adam Haviland received his PhD. In Anthropology from Michigan State University in the fall of 2017. He teaches courses in Native American Studies at Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College that focus on Anishinabek history, Indigenous law and policy, and contemporary Native American issues. His scholarly work focuses on language revitalization and urban Indigenous communities.
Dylan A.T. Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist, and scholar. He is Director of the American Indian Studies Program and Associate Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. Miner is also adjunct curator of Indigenous art at the MSU Museum, a founding member of the Justseeds artists collective, is on the board of the Michigan Indian Education Council, and holds a PhD from The University of New Mexico.
Dr. Estrella Torrez is an Associate Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. Her research centers on language politics and the importance of community-based knowledge, particularly among rural Latino families and urban Indigenous youth. Dr. Torrez is a Gates Millennium Scholar, being awarded the prestigious award during its inaugural year. Torrez has degrees from The University of New Mexico(PhD, Educational Thought and Sociocultural Studies, concentration in Bilingual Education; MA, dual concentrations in Early Childhood Multicultural Education and Bilingual Education) and Western Michigan University (BS, Elementary Education).
George Trudeau (jaach biisine) is from Wikweikong Unceeded Indian Reserve, or Manitoulin Island (minido minising), Ontario Canada. He earned his degree years ago to teach Anishinaabomowin, from Lakehead University of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Jaach presently resides in the Sate of Michigan and promotes Anishinaabemowin and Cultural awareness, through social media.