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.
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.
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.