of room to work, good lighting, the right tools, and sound, safety
practices are some of what makes a creative environment more appealing.
Hinmon was pleased to make public the two recently redesigned workshops
at the Seventh Generation Program/ Elijah Elk Cultural Center last
is now set up for people to come out here and work, said Hinmon,
a Saginaw Chippewa Tribal member who has been working for the program
for the last six months.
been reorganizing the stone and wood workshops.
practical experience as an artist, Ive learned how to make
the two workshops more functional and more safe for people to use.
a stone sculptor and instructor, has been working with program staff,
at organizing, setting up classes, and he even designed a plan to
build lights for the stone sculpting room.
is all about lines and shadows, said Hinmon. I wanted
to have floating lights, but they were just too expensive.
I used common sense, and with help from the staff, and it took us
six months to get this done.
built the pedestals for sculpting so they would turn, and said that
he used to laugh when stone sculptors would look at
a piece of rock and say, I see it in the stone.
sculpting has been a part of the Isabella Reservation community
since the early 1980s with artists like the late Dan Mena Jr., who
taught his love of working with stone to artists like Jason Quigno
and Alan Pego and himself, said Hinmon.
goal is to offer a 16-week Tribal College curriculum course,
said Hinmon. We will teach basic knowledge of tools, the shop
environment, techniques and application.
have visited some area schools, so we can offer a curriculum through
Tribal College that will transfer.
said community members will be offered the stone, the tools of sculpting
such as air hammers, and they have a variety of files.
have it all here, said Hinmon.
said that he is excited to have the opportunity to get back to working
unfinished project is entitled: Victory song which is making out
love limestone because it is a white stone, but as you work with
it it becomes tan, said Hinmon. I havent worked
since the end of 2007.
are already calling about times for classes. Tentatively, our first
class will begin March 25, and it will run for 10 weeks.
said that he has received so much support from program directors
and staff members on the project.
have a great staff here who helped me build the lights, said
Hinmon. And Clinton (Pelcher) and Lee (Ruffino) have been
great at making resources and material available.
more information about upcoming classes, call the Seventh Generation
Program at (989) 775-4780.
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Chippewa Tribal College
The establishment of Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College was the first
step in an educational empowerment process that is aimed at preserving
and maintaining Saginaw Chippewa tribal culture. The college strives
to provide a quality learning experience and environment designed
to sustain the cultural continuity of the tribe from past to future
The Ziibiwing Center is a distinctive treasure created to provide
an enriched, diversified and culturally relevant educational experience.
This promotes the societys belief that the culture, diversity
and spirit of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and
other Great Lakes Anishinabek must be recognized, perpetuated, communicated
Elk Cultural Center
The Seventh Generation Program is located at the Elijah Elk Cultural
Center, named after our hereditary chief, who was also the first
Tribal Council Chief under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1937.
The facility was provided in kind by our Tribal Council. Seventh
Generation offers a wide range of cultural/traditional events and
activities. The facility features Wood Shop, Harvesting maple syrup
(Sugar Bush), Stone Carving, Garden, Spiritual/Conference, Four
Seasonal Feasts, and Basket Weaving and Instruction.