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Face in the Rock 2002
Program: September '02 Teacher Workshop on Grand Island
was a beautiful autumn day in September when twenty Upper
Peninsula teachers gathered at the Trout Bay picnic area on Grand
Island to listen to Loren Graham and Dolores LeVeque of Indiantown
share their thoughts on Graham's book, A Face in the Rock,
that describes the fate of the Grand Island band of Chippewa in
the early part of the nineteenth century.
As part of the
day-long workshop, the teachers toured ten historic sites on Grand
Island with Altran bus guide, Bob Beaupres. Hiawatha National Forest
recreation planner, Janel Crooks, showed teachers the archaeological
research site on the island and explained how archaeological research
is conducted. Two Hancock Middle School teachers, Linda Rulison
and Ruth Ann Smith, presented the curriculum unit that they developed
to accompany the book, A Face in the Rock.
was sponsored by the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science,
Mathematics and Environmental Education at Michigan Technological
University in Houghton, MI. "Whenever possible, teachers prefer
to use local books to teach about Michigan history.
A Face in the Rock was published in 1995, many Upper Peninsula
residents and teachers are still not aware of the book," explained
Joan Chadde, workshop coordinator. "This book can easily be
used in both language arts and social studies classes." "Some
teachers who attended the workshop have already developed math and
science lessons related to the book, to use in their classes. For
example, Mary Markham, a Chassell High School teacher is having
her math students trace Powers of the Air's journey from Grand Island
to central Minnesota and estimate his distance and rate of travel.
A Hancock Middle
School science teacher is having his students learn tree identification
so they can associate each tree species with how it was used by
the Grand Island Chippewa," added Chadde. "I have been
savoring the memories of our time at Trout Bay, what a gorgeous
place," said Deb Olson, a fourth grade teacher from Hancock
Elementary. "I am looking forward to the program next year.
I am anxious to see the other half of the island."
A Face in
the Rock describes the legend of Powers of the Air and the
band of Chippewa living on Grand Island in the nineteenth century
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.
Falls Roadside Display
Dolores LeVeque has spearheaded
plans to establish a display at the Au Train/Scott Falls roadside
rest stop to commemorate the Grand Island Chippewa story and the
'face in the rock' carved nearby, in 1820, by a member of the Lewis
Cass exploration party.
Due to the success of
workshop, a second workshop is planned for September 19-20, 2003
that will include tour Old North Lighthouse. more information, contact
Joan Chadde at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (906) 487-3341.