A Face In The Rock

Teacher Workshop on Grand Island


9:30 am ~ 4:00 pm, Friday-Saturday, Sept. 19-20

For Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science Teachers




§   Discuss Native American history with Delores LeVeque (great-granddaughter of Powers of the Air)

§   Take an interpretive tour of Grand Island (by bus), visiting ten historic sites.

§     Explore archaeological research sites, beach succession and island ecosystems with Janel Crooks, recreation planner, Hiawatha National Forest.



§   Listen to Loren Graham, author of Face in the Rock, share his reflections on the story of the Grand Island Chippewa.

§   Learn about interdisciplinary teaching units on Face in the Rock developed by elementary and secondary teachers.

§     Enjoy a rare opportunity to visit Old North Lighthouse (north end of island).


Addresses Michigan Content Standards for Science-Ecosystem strand, Social Studies-Historical, Geographic, and Economic strands, and Language Arts Standards 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12.




Location:  The workshop will take place on Grand Island, near Munising, MI. Participants will meet at the U.S. Forest Service ferry dock for Grand Island at 9:30 AM both Friday & Saturday. The ferry will depart at 10:00 AM. The workshop will take place entirely outdoors. Overnight accommodations are responsibility of participant. Camping available.



Cost:  $55 for one day, $80 for both days (includes ferry, bus tour, handouts, and lunch both days). Make checks payable to the Copper Country ISD. Participants in the CCISD Eisenhower Consortium can have their registration reimbursed after the workshop.





Limited to 25 participants.  Registration deadline is Friday, September 12. Send registration form and payment to:

Loret Roberts, Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education

  P.O. Box 270, Hancock, MI  49930

  Tel:  906-482-0331   Fax: 906-482-5031     

  Email:  loret@ccisd.k12.mi.us 

No refunds after September 12.


Workshop Sponsors


Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education

Wege Foundation and Michigan Technological University


A Face in the Rock

This novel by Loren Graham, published in 1998, describes the legend of Powers of the Air and the band of Chippewa living on Grand Island in the nineteenth century. Grand Island lies off the south shore of Lake Superior, near Munising. It was once home to a sizable community of Chippewa Indians who lived in harmony with the land. Their tragic demise began in the nineteenth century when fellow tribesmen from the mainland goaded them into waging war against rival Sioux. The war party was decimated; only one young brave, Powers of the Air, lived to tell the story that celebrated the heroism of his band and forms the basis for the legend that survives today. Powers of the Air lived to witness the desecration of Grand Island by the fur and logging industries, the Christianization of the tribe, and the near total loss of the Chippewa language, history and culture. The story ends with the protection of Grand Island within the National Forest system, and the resurgence of Chippewa culture.


Loren Graham

Loren Graham is a historian of science who holds a joint appointment with the History of Science Department at Harvard University and the Science, Technology and Society Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spent more than forty years researching and reconstructing the poignant tale of Powers of the Air and his people.


What to Bring

warm clothing                         raingear         

warm jacket                            insect repellant         

water bottle backpack            hiking shoes  

The workshop will take place entirely outdoors.  Participants should be prepared for windy, cold, or rainy weather.                  



One credit from Michigan Technological University ED 5680 (Section 1; CRN 83756) for $198/credit) is available. Credit approval from Northern Michigan University (ED 989; $189/credit) is pending. University tuition is the responsibility of participants.  Registration for NMU and MTU credit will be at the workshop.


For More Information:

Contact Joan Chadde at jchadde@mtu.edu or call (906) 487-3341, or visit the Center’s website at: 




Send registration form and payment by Friday, September 12 to Loret Roberts, Western U.P. Center,

P.O. Box 270, Hancock, MI 49930.  NO REFUNDS AFTER SEPTEMBER 12.