Face in the Rock Teachers Workshop




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A Face in the Rock 2002

Previous Program: September '02 Teacher Workshop on Grand Island

It 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.

The workshop 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.

Even though 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.

Au Train/Scott 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.

2003 Workshop Planned

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 jchadde@mtu.edu or (906) 487-3341.

A Face in the Rock Teachers Workshop

A Face in the Rock Teachers Workshop

A Face in the Rock Teachers Workshop

Workshop Sponsors:

Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education
Wege Foundation and Michigan Technological University

For more information contact:

Joan Chadde at jchadde@mtu.edu or 906-487-3340 or stop by 105 Dillman Hall on the Michigan Tech campus in Houghton.

Contact the WUP Center

Last Update: October 30, 2002
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