2011 and Earlier / Life in Leelanau

Peters to tell stories at Eyaawing Museum

Native American Story Teller and Grand Traverse Band elder Tom Peters, also known as “Niigonakwat,” will be featured at a session Saturday, Feb. 11, at Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center at Peshawbestown.

Peters, originally from Charlevoix, graduated from Michigan Technological University with a degree in electrical engineering and attended Lake Superior State University where he received a degree in electronic engineering and computer science.

He has worked extensively in the preservation of Anishinaabemowin, and is the founding member of Anishinaabemowin Teg. Inc., an international Anishinaabemowin language preservation organization.

In 1999 Peters received the Frank Hugo Memorial Nishaabemowin Language Award from the Bay Mills Indian Community and has since been a keynote speaker for many Anishinaabe cultural, language and technological conferences and workshops.

The program scheduled from 2 - 3 p.m., is titled Boon Aandsookewasan. It will include stories told during the winter season reflecting cultural teachings and practices based on the historical cultural icon, Nanaboozhoo, who is recognized as the Anishinaabe trickster and teacher.

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