Education, Protection, and Management of Ezhibiigaadek asin (Sanilac Petroglyph Site)

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Cultural heritage
Cultural heritage management
Traditional knowledge
Saginaw chippewa

For the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michiganezhibiigaadek asin is a sacred place. Teachings from their Anishinabe ancestors are embedded in this rock art site that holds over 100 petroglyphs. Anishinabe cultural knowledge relates the importance of sharing aspects of these teachings. Yet concerns have arisen over what the Saginaw Chippewa consider to be inappropriate uses of the teachings, particularly in relation to commercialization of the images written on the stone. There is also concern that some of the petroglyphs are fading, and others have been vandalized. The goal of this IPinCH supported Community-Based Initative was to collaborate with the Saginaw Chippewa’s Ziibiwing Cultural Society to explore these issues, with the goal of creating a plan to protect and control the use of the ezhibiigaadek asin site.


The final report from the IPinCH supported Community-Based Initiative, "Education, Protection, and Management of ezhibiigaadek asin (Sanilac Petroglyph Site)".

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