City of Kalamazoo - Tribal Sculpture Corner Markers - 7gen
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City of Kalamazoo – Tribal Sculpture Corner Markers

Sectors

Tribal

Locations

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Services

Architecture and Structural Design

This project seeks to bring light to the true tribal history of the City of Kalamazoo by placing markers denoting the original Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Reservation boundary.

Seven Generations Architecture and Engineering are working collaboratively with a Pokagon Band of Potawatomi artist to create a concept for a tribal corner marker for the City of Kalamazoo. With the Bronson Park Education Committee, Seven Generations is developing public art that will bring awareness to the indigenous history that existed prior to white settlement in the Kalamazoo Area.

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi lived in the area now defined as Kalamazoo from 1821 to 1827. The reservation was short-lived because the US government broke a treaty with the Potawatomi and tried to force the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band to leave. The members resisted. They eventually relocated near Bradley, where the tribe, now also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, is still based.

This project seeks to bring light to the true tribal history of the City of Kalamazoo by placing markers denoting the original Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Reservation boundary. These markers will include; a graphic panel located in Bronson Park along with street signs identifying the reservation’s boundary, and four symbolic sculptural markers at the reservation’s corners. All of these will contribute to a message of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band’s resistance to relocation in the 1830’s, avoidance of removal in the 1840’s, and their cultural resilience and presence in this region today. The four sculptures are designed to be permanent, sturdy, and descriptive markers of the influence and perseverance of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi.

The crew on the project.

Jeremy Berg, AIA, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C

Project Executive

Steve VandenBussche, AIA, LEED AP

Lead Designer

Nathan Fishnick

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