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Stateside Podcast: A gift at Michigan unwraps tribal history

Sculptures of a snake accompanied by two human figures wearing colorful clothing.
Mark Gjukich

The story goes that the University of Michigan was founded thanks to a land gift from the people of the three fires: the Ojibwe, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. But the truth is much more complicated. Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger has been working on a multiyear collaboration with the University of Michigan Museum of Art to examine the stories of the university’s founding. The culmination is a three-part exhibition called "You’re Welcome."


Cannupa Hanska Luger, artist

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Rachel Ishikawa joined Michigan Public in 2020 as a podcast producer. She produced Kids These Days, a limited-run series that launched in the summer of 2020.