Harbor Springs Area Historical Society Receives Grant To Portray Native Perspectives of War of 1812


The exhibit, called Turning Point: The War of 1812 from the Native American Perspective, will focus only in part on the actual events of the 1812 war.

“It’s not your typical bicentennial commemoration of a conflict, where we’re showing battles and people involved in the battles,” said Mary Cummings, who is the executive director of the historical society. “That’s just part of the story.”

Rather, said Cummings and Eric Hemenway, the exhibit will look at the events leading up to the war, and how that war affected the Odawa people of Little Traverse Bay — as well as Little Traverse Bay itself.

“There’s going to be emphasis on the men who participated in the battle — who they were,” said Hemenway, who sits on the board of trustees for the historical society and is the director of repatriation, archives and records for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. His work revolves around retrieving human remains and sacred objects under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

The exhibit will feature the biographies of three Odawa leaders: Assiginac, Mokomanish and Shabanai.

2 thoughts on “Harbor Springs Area Historical Society Receives Grant To Portray Native Perspectives of War of 1812

  1. Art Dembinski May 22, 2013 / 11:27 am

    Apparently they are not going to mention Ningwegon, a cousin of Assiginac, who supported the US during the War of 1812, at the risk of his own life, and who was awarded a lifetime pension by the USA for his support. Ningwegon was the namesake of Rev. Geo. N. Smith’s “Old Wing Mission” in the Holland area up to 1849.

  2. Jerry Ramsey May 26, 2013 / 9:39 am

    My name is Jerry Ramsey. In 2009 April 13th “We Shall Remain” Previewed on PBS. There were 5 episodes. I was in the 2nd Episode Tecumseh’s Vision. The Battle at Tippecanoe in which i potrayed an Odawa Warrior. The battle took place in 1811 against Harrison following up to the War of 1812. They were many Natives from Michigan who took part in that war, Bodiwatomi, Odawa, Ojibwa peoples as well as The Battle of Bushy Run Pa. and The Battle of Fort Necessity Pa. I am a Native American Reenactor and have potrayed Native Americans in other movies and documentarys for television, PBS, The History Channel, and a small documentary for Fort Necessity’s Visitor Center. There is a Movie coming out on the Theators in September call “Alone Yet Not Alone” based on a True Story. I also potray a Native Warrior in that Movie as well. I have studied the true accounts of all the French and Indian Wars archives and diary’s and the Battle Of Tippecanoe and some on the War of 1812 more so on the Native Warriors who fought in those wars from the 1700’s to the late 1800’s Most have come from Michigan. Chief Pontiac’s Rebellion did carry over into the war of 1812 by Tecumseh who was a great friend of Chief Pontiac.

    Jerry Ramsey Tribal Member Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

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