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Clans of the Anishinaabek



Artist: Jason Quigno
Medium: Limestone
Location: Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University. 50 Front Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI.
Notes: The plaque reads, “The name “Anishinaabek” refers to the first or original people who speak Anishinaabemowin, of the Algonquin language family. The Council of the Three Fires is a tribal alliance comprised of the Odawa (Ottawa), Ojibway (Chippewa), and Potawatomi tribes. The Three Fires clans represented here are the Turtle (Mikinaak), Bear (Mukwa), Marten (Waabizhezhi), Hummingbird (Nenookaasii), Sturgeon (Maame), Loon (Maang), Eagle (Migiizi), and Crane (Ajijaak). Jason Quigno is a Grand Rapids artist and a member of the Ojibway tribe. Regarding his work, he states, ‘This fulfilled on of my goals to have a monumental Anishinaabe sculpture in downtown Grand Rapids near the Grand River. I made this for all Anishinaabek so that we could have a large monument representing some of our beautiful stories and traditions.’”

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