First Stories North America was curated by the students in the class, American Indian Ethnography (ANP 411) in the fall of 2019, taught by Dr. Heather Howard-Bobiwash in the Department of Anthropology. Each project engaged with ethnographic representation by examining critically the historical and contemporary entanglement of the discipline of anthropology and study of, for, with, and by Indigenous peoples. Each project began with students engaging with Indigenous heritage belongings held in the MSU Museum to consider their perspectives as ethnographic voices in conversation with a wide range of ethnographic representation “placed” by a territory defined by an Indigenous Nation.

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Sun Dance Ceremony: lifestyles, culture, tipi, no op, Academy 1954

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