(Michael Belmore, “Bridge,” 2014, utilizes copper and aluminum beads (representing the 1’s and 0’s of ASCII) as a reminder of the forgotten codes that are the basis of our contemporary realities that serve to connect, and sometimes divide, our communities.)
The History of Indigenous Peoples (HIP) Network, a research cluster of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University, is partnering with the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (OCF) to offer the Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute (MISHI). The Summer Institute will focus on Anishinaabe-centred history and will involve students and scholars from university and Anishinaabe communities. The goals of MISHI are: to teach participants about Anishinaabe history on Manitoulin Island, with a focus on site-specific experiential learning; support the historical and educational resources of the OCF; and to build bridges and strengthen the relationships and cooperation between OCF and York University.
MISHI’s overarching focus is Manitoulin Island-based Anishinaabe history from an Anishinaabe perspective. Every summer school has specific themes, such as education, environment, gender, material culture, art, doodems, among many others.
Gondaa OCF miinwaa York University wiiba nukaazowaat Mnidoo Mnising Neebing gah Bizh'ezhiwaybuck zhaazhi gonda behbaandih kenjih'gehjik. Miidash gonda jiigaaknowndaamowaat' Anishinaabek gaabi zhi'zhaa'eyaa'aat me'owzhi, miinwaa wiibih daa kendaamowaat odeh chi kinomaageh gaamgoongh binjihbaajik, miinwaa Anishinnabek ed'enukii'waat. Mii Maanda ezhindowaymowaat MISHI: Wii Kinoo-moowohwhaat beh’baanda kendaa’gik; Gah bizhimaadzihwaat Mnidoo Mnissing. Obdeck Wii NaaNaagdowendmowaat Mii’aan’agwa ezhi kenjigaadek. Weh asgaabweh’chigaadeck gah be zhi’zhweybuck, miinwaa eh Temguck ezhi kinoomaading ode OCF; Minaa ahnkoosjigaa’dek, miinwaa ezhi zhoonggendaagwuk noowendaaswinun miinwaa knowngondwaat gondaa OCF miinwaa York University.
MISHI maamwii wendamowaat weh’ Mnidoo Minissing end’dih’enukiyaat Anishinaabek Gah bii’ishimaadziiyaat Gaazhi Naanaagdoowend’mowaat. Ensih Niibing teg kinomaagziiwin teneh aapijih wandakendmowaat, dibishko gonaa, kinomaadwin, shkuckmihgaang eh nodehgwohk ezhi nini’wing, miinaa ezhi qwe’wing, gaazhi zhitoowaat waaminoo’jihtowaahjit, miizinbeegonuk. Doodemnaanik, miinwaa gwa noonch geyaabi gegoo.
MISHI 2020 Postponed until further notice
MISHI 2020: Mzinbiigewin miinwaa Miingowewziwin / Art & Power
August 24 - 31, 2020
Call for Participants Application Deadline: March 29, 2020
The History of Indigenous Peoples (HIP) Network, based at York University and housed in the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, and the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (OCF), located on Manitoulin Island, is pleased to invite applications for the Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute (MISHI), August 24-31, 2020. MISHI is an annual event in Anishinaabe Studies that brings together students, teachers, knowledge-holders, artists, and Elders for a week-long summer institute on Manitoulin Island. It is an excellent opportunity to concentrate on a single theme in Anishinaabe Studies while engaging with other scholars and to explore Manitoulin Island. This year we will consider the theme of art and power.
For millennia, Anishinaabeg have expressed their knowledge and culture through art, depicting the relationships among humans, their ancestors, the natural world, ceremony, and spirits. Their history can be traced through changing artistic practices. Anishinaabe artist Barry Ace explains that "As our digital age exponentially transforms and infuses Anishinaabeg culture (and other global cultures) with new technologies and new ways of communicating, we are harnessing and bridging the precipice between historical and contemporary knowledge, art, and power, while maintaining a distinct Anishinaabeg aesthetic and connecting generations."
The summer institute will be comprised of three elements. First, participants will participate in lectures, workshops, tours, and demonstrations of Anishinaabe worldviews through art. Five Anishinaabe artists will be featured: Barry Ace, Michael Belmore, David Miigwans, Mina Toulouse, and Ted Toulouse. Second, participants will volunteer time to work for the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation on their historical collections, organizing, digitizing, transcribing, and cataloguing research materials, and preparing curriculum materials for public schools. Third, participants will devote some time to formulating their own project, planning and gathering research, and sharing their ideas with fellow participants. The last two days of MISHI will be spent at a local powwow.
Participant spaces are limited. To apply to attend, please complete the application form below with a brief letter of introduction explaining why you are interested in attending MISHI 2020 and how your research aligns with this year’s theme, and a one-page CV detailing your research interests and experience. Please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due March 29, 2020.
For more information and to apply: MISHI 2020 Application Form
MISHI 2019 August 19 - 25, 2019
MISHI is an annual event in Anishinaabe Studies that brings together students, teachers, knowledge-holders, artists, and Elders for a week-long summer institute on Manitoulin Island. It is an excellent opportunity to concentrate on a single theme in Anishinaabe Studies while engaging with other scholars and to explore Manitoulin Island. This year participants considered the theme of "Anishinaabekwe Ogimaawiwin / Women’s Leadership."
For reflections on MISHI 2019 read:
Biidwewidamoog Anishinaabe-Ogimaakwewag: Mnidoo Mnising Neebing gah Bizh’ezhiwaybuck 2019
Women’s Leadership Echoing Through Generations: The Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute (MISHI) 2019
(posted on Active History-History Matters) By Carolyn Podruchny and Katrina Srigley
MISHI 2018 June 10 -17, 2018
“Doodemag: Exploring Anishinaabe Worldviews Through Clans” was a seven-day summer institute held from June 10 to 17, 2018, focused on exploring Anishinaabe worldviews, through the lens of clans and generations, from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Co-sponsored by the History of Indigenous Peoples (HIP) Network, a research cluster embedded within the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University, and the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (OCF), an organization devoted to Anishinaabe history and culture, the summer institute brought together 32 established and emerging historians, graduate and undergraduate students, administrators, Elders, and knowledge-keepers to explore the history through site visits, lectures, stories, and activities.
For participants reflections on MISHI 2018 read:
Everything is Connected: The Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute (MISHI) 2018 on Doodemag: Exploring Anishinaabe Worldviews Through Clans
Kina gegoo miiksemgad: Mnidoo Mnising Neebing gah Bizh'ezhiwaybuck Doodemag: Wii-nsastamang Anishinaabeyaadziwin miinwaa doodemwin
(pdf) by Carolyn Podruchny, York University
MISHI 2017 August 14 - 18, 2017
“Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute (MISHI) 2017: Does Wisdom Sit in Places? Sites as Sources of Knowledge” was a five-day summer institute held from August 14-18, 2017, focused on understanding how place-based knowledge shapes an Anihsinaabe-centred history of Manitoulin Island and its environs. Co-sponsored by the History of Indigenous Peoples (HIP) Network, a research cluster embedded within the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University, and the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (OCF), an organization devoted to Anishinaabe history and culture, with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council(SSHRC). The summer institute brought together 25 established and emerging historians, graduate students, administrators, artists, Elders, and knowledge-keepers to explore the history through landscapes, stories, and documents. Event organizers were Carolyn Podruchny (co-founder of HIP Network, York University), Anong Beam (curator and acting executive director of the OCF, M’Chigeeng First Nation), Lewis Debassige (Elder and co-founder of the OCF, M’Chigeeng First Nation), Alan Corbiere (former Executive Director of the OCF, M’Chigeeng First Nation) and Boyd Cothran (co-founder of HIP Network, York University). The first co-sponsor, the HIP Network, has a mandate to encourage and support the research of the histories of Indigenous peoples, primarily among graduate students and faculty members at York University and neighbouring institutions. With a membership of close to 200 people, the Network holds bi-weekly workshops for members’ scholarship-in-progress, talks by visiting speakers, film viewings, an annual Elder Event, and a fieldtrip series. The second co-sponsor, the OCF, represents six First Nations (Aundek Omni Kaning, M’Chigeeng, Sheguiandah, Sheshegwaning, Whitefish River, and Zhiibaahaasing) and is dedicated to nourishing and preserving Anishinaabe history, arts, language, and spirituality. MISHI builds on a partnership developed between the OCF and the HIP Network over the last three years through fieldtrips, workshops, and lectures.
News About MISHI:
Article in Anishinabek News by Nicole Latulippe:
Nbwaach’ding (visiting) and Anishinaabe knowledge on Manitoulin Island
For participant's reflections on MISHI 2017, read:
MISHI 2017 Reflections: Bridging Land, Ideas, Generations, Worlds
MISHI 2017 ezhi guh noamdahmowaat: Ezhi ankonegaadek aki, naa naag'doowendaamowin, ezhi ahnkeh'bihmaadzing, ezhi ahnkohsing bimaadziiwnah
(pdf)by Victoria Jackson, Daniel Murchison and Carolyn Podruchny.
Wisdom Sits in Places
Knownch gojih guh daamkaan kendmauwzihwin
(pdf) by C. Elizabeth Best
All the Parts are in Conversation with Each Other
Kina gwah debajmihtaadwuk enchiwaat
(pdf) by Phil Henderson
Conversations in the Car, the Bus, the Boardwalk: Reflections on learning
Debaajmihtaadoak daabaaning, bemwidgeway daabaaning, sihgaakoh maasechguning: wii waamjigaadek daa kenjihgewin
(pdf) by Clara MacCallum Fraser, with Kelly King and Nicole Latulippe
A Triptych of Thoughts on the Knowledge of Land
T'sing ninaagaadek ezhi naanaagdoowendming wih kendmauzihwin zhi weh 'kiing
(pdf) by Benjamin J. Kapron
On the Importance of Caribou Stories
Ezhiik k'chi piitendaagwuk aadik debaajmiigziiw'nun
(pdf) by Katherine MacDonald
Where Knowledge Resides: Strong Indigenous Women and Experiential Education
Zhiiweh temguck kinoomaadziiwnun: Zoongaabwewuk Anishinaabe Kwek miinwaa niinda kendaan'naa ah kinomaadziiwnun
(pdf) by Violet King
Wisdom in Place: Learning through Relationships
Bwaakawin tek: ezhi kenjihgaadek pii d'nik kendaagut pii enaan'gonding
(pdf) by Katrina Srigley
Ojibwe Cultural Foundation