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Local Indian Boarding School survivors and survivor descendants featured in film

One of several buildings at the former Indian Boarding School in Mt. Pleasant. Photo by Janet Sowle.

MT. PLEASANT– The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways and co-sponsors from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and Central Michigan University (CMU) will present a film series about the U.S. Indian boarding school and Canadian First Nations residential school era.The film screenings will take place on Feb. 17, at CMU’s Bovee Auditorium and on Feb. 18, at the Ziibiwing Center, located at 6650 E. Broadway in Mt. Pleasant. Screenings are free and open to the public.

On Feb. 17 at CMU’s Bovee Auditorium, A Windigo Tale (92 min.) will be shown at 1 p.m. Filmed on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario and in the Ottawa Valley, A Windigo Tale tells a powerful story of intergenerational trauma and healing. The documentary Fallen Feather (94 min.) will be screened at 3 p.m. Fallen Feather provides an in-depth critical analysis of the driving forces behind the creation of Canadian Indian Residential Schools.

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will present Indian School (60 min.) on Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. Indian School is a documentary featuring interviews from survivors and survivor descendants from the Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School. Older Than America (101 min.) will then be screened at 4:30 p.m. Originally released in 2008, Older Than America  explores and highlights the impact of the “culture-killing” effects of the typical Native American experience of U.S.- sponsored boarding schools in the 1900s.

One of several buildings at the former Indian Boarding School located off Pickard Street in Mt. Pleasant. Photo by Janet Sowle.

The Ziibiwing Center is home to a collection of American Indian boarding school cultural material, documentation, and photographs. A special American Indian Boarding School Collection Showing will be exhibited at the Ziibiwing Center beginning on Feb.18 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., moderated by Ziibiwing’s curator, William Johnson. The exhibition will run from Feb. 20-25 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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