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Edward Curtis: The North American Indian
Journey to Muskegon, MI

Wed Jun 14, 2017, 7:45AM - 6:45PM

Muskegon, MI

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Deadline to register is May 31


Members of the Snite Museum – $90
Little Friends Members – $75
Non-members – adults $100, – children $80

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MICHIGAN’S HERITAGE PARK – Outdoor Adventure through History

Hands-on experiences await you along the trail of Michigan’s history! Experience daily life in a Native American Wigwam Village (1650), including a Pow Wow. Interact with a fur trader (1760) stocking his shelves in the Fur Trade Post and participate in the trade. In the Settlers Cabin (1830), learn about the life of early settlers and help with daily chores. Visit with Civil War soldiers (1861 to 1865) in their winter camp and hear about the dangers there. Stretch out on a bunk in the Lumber Shanty (1880) and learn what “small game in the bunk” means. Find out what it took to put dinner on the table in the Farmhouse (1900) and learn what the Civilian Conservation Corps (1933) did in Michigan.


The Muskegon Museum of Art will present a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of national significance: Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian. For what may be the first time, the entire collection of 723 original photogravures from his North American Indian portfolio will be on display. Documenting the lives of western Native American peoples, the stunning portraits and landscapes of The North America Indian volumes, which were created from 1907 through 1930, are considered to be both the greatest artistic collaboration and photographic achievement in history. A renowned celebrity photographer, Curtis threw it all away to pursue an obsession that nearly destroyed him. In the end, he lost his wealth, fame, marriage, and health, but left behind a monumental achievement: The North American Indian. Curtis’s photographs document the rich, varied cultures of 80 Native American tribes, people who still exist today despite the half millennia of innumerable obstacles. Over a span of almost 30 years, more than 10,000 Native Americans participated in Curtis’s massive endeavor, resulting in 20 leather-bound books, at least 40,000 photographs, 10,000 audio recordings, and a feature film.


7:45 AM Board Cardinal Bus, Lot D6 south. Dorr Road

8:00 AM Depart Campus, light snack served en route

10:30 AM Arrive Michigan’s Heritage Park, Whitehall, MI Walk half-mile long paved trail and experience seven vignettes from 1650–1933. There is also a hands-on museum with many “ touchable” artifacts.

12:00 PM Board bus for drive to Muskegon 12:30 PM Lunch at Lakehouse Waterfront Grille, 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Pasta Sampler Buffet including salad, bread sticks, dessert and beverage

1:30 PM Board bus for Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Ave.

1:45 PM Docent introduction then tour at your pace the Edward S. Curtis Exhibition: The North American Indian

3:00 PM Time on your own to choose the following options: Muskegon Museum of Art — more time for viewing Curtis exhibition or permanent collection, or view the film on Curtis, Coming to Light Explore / shop in nearby downtown

4:30 PM Board bus at Museum 4:45 PM Depart Muskegon, light snack served on return trip

6:45 PM Arrive Notre Dame

Coming to Light - tells the dramatic story of Curtis' life, his creation of his monumental work, and his quest to understand and enter into the inner lives of Indian people, a quest that affected him deeply and that changed his views of the people he set out to document. Perhaps most importantly, the documentary gives Indian people a voice in the discussion of Curtis' images. Piegan, Crow, Blood, Hopi, Navajo, Cupig, Suquamish and Kwakiutl people who are descended from Curtis' photographic subjects or who are using his photographs for cultural preservation respond to his pictures, tell stories about the people in the photographs, and discuss the meaning of the images from their own perspective. Throughout the documentary, Curtis' photographs are intercut with scenes from contemporary Indian life that resonate with his pictures. RUNNING TIME 84 MINUTES


Experience the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline in Muskegon County, Michigan! Enjoy 26 miles of beaches and dunes, three state parks, recreational trails, Muskegon Museum of Art, and a history as rich as Michigan itself. Situated on Muskegon Lake in downtown Muskegon is one of the area’s shopping hubs. Century Club provides a venue where many retailers set up shop in one unique place. Its ornate brick façade has survived the decades, and its interior was restored in 2007. Enjoy a coffee next door at Drip, Drop, Drink or a craft beer at Unruly Brewing. Just two blocks away is The Cheese Lady! The Parisianstyle shop, full of delicacies from around the world, demonstrates the owner's passion for all things cheese.

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