Past Projects

Canoe Crossings

Directed by Vicente M. Diaz and the late Hap McCue (Native American Studies)

Organized in collaboration with Native American Studies faculty and graduate students, Canoe Crossings is a cultural and educational exchange program between Pacific Islands and Great Lake Native American canoebuilders, scholars, and cultural workers. Launched in the summer of 2005, Prof. Vicente Diaz led a delegation of Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Odawa and Cherokee to Guam and Hawai'i to meet with navigators and canoe-builders, community activists and Islander scholars. The next phase will bring Pacific Islanders to Great Lakes Native communities to deepen this unprecedented cultural and educational exchange.

Michigan Funding for Canoe Crossings comes from the Arts of Citizenship Program, Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies, Native American Studies, the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic and Multicultural Affairs, and the Department of American Culture.