MS-B Project Final Defense: Grant Gliniecki

July 16, 2022 4:00 PM

537 Clifford Street, Lansing, MI 48912


If you intend to participate, please RSVP by June 13th at

Weather permitting, Anishinaabemog gtigaaning will be a walking presentation starting at Giitigan's greenhouse, Kidwin Wiigwaaming // House of (Political) Voice. The walk will be a slow, approximately 1/4-mile circuit with regular stops, primarily on mobility device accessible paths. In the event of inclement weather, the defense will be held primarily in Kidwin Wiigwaaming, which has a COVID-adjusted maximum occupancy of 12. Limited supplies of raincoats and umbrellas will be available at Giitigan.

Parking is available on the west side of Clifford Street as well as at the Hunter Park Pool Lot (500 Clifford St, Lansing, MI 48912).

Light refreshments and drinks will be provided; restrooms will be available at a private residence a block away.

ANISHINAABEMOG GTIGAANING // Everybody Speak Ojibwe in the Garden!


As specialized knowledge, the names of plants represent some of the greatest wellsprings of Anishinaabe science. The UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger lists Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe, Anishinaabe Language) as “severely endangered” that is “not [spoken] to children or among themselves,” (UNESCO, 2010); severely endangered languages are at risk of specialized language like plant names going dormant. Indigenous language access has a protective effect on positive Indigenous youth outcomes (McCarty & Lee, 2014; Mmari, Blum, and Teufel-Shone, 2010). Likewise, participation in urban gardens (Bang 2016) strongly correlates to improved learning and health outcomes for Indigenous youth. The combined impact of Indigenous language interventions in urban gardens, particularly impacts for Indigenous adults and non-Indigenous peoples, are under-studied.

Anishinaabemog gtigaaning // everyone speak Anishinaabe in the garden developed localized Anishinaabemwin plant resources and extensively prototyped Anishinaabemowin signage in an urban community garden for intergenerational community members in Nkwejong // where rivers meet (Greater Lansing Area). Anishinaabemog gtigaaning grows from the combined efforts of Hunter Park Gardenhouse (‘HPGH’) and Giitigan Anishinaabe Community Garden (‘Giitigan’). HPGH and Giitigan co-produced signage to display at HPGH’s 1-acre free food garden located in a public park in collaboration with Native community members. To determine the effects of this intervention, Anishinaabemog gtigaaning proposes use of the Gaataa’aabing visual research method, a culturally safe Anishinaabe transformation of photovoice (Bennett et al, 2019).

Committee Members

Dr. Rebecca Jordan (Chairperson)
Dr. Elizabeth LaPensee
Dr. Steven Gray

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