Presque Isle Park Sign
Artist: Sherri Loonsfoot Aldred
Mikwendaagozi is an oil painting that became the basis of the entrance sign to Presque Isle Park. It depicts a historical representation of Anishinaabe activities that would have occurred at the park’s location when an Indigenous presence was prevalent along the shorelines of what was to become the City of Marquette. This sign updated the original park entrance that needed to be replaced due to being weathered beyond restoration. The decision to commission an Ojibwe artist to reinterpret the visual art was a conscious one. The City of Marquette partnered with Keweenaw Bay Indian Community to ensure a culturally appropriate, authentically representative and artfully symbolic sign for Presque Isle.
The original painting was made during the summer of 2013 in conjunction with a 3-week tribal youth photography workshop. The event was a collaboration between Kristine Granger of Rock Street Community Darkroom, NMU Center for Native American Studies, Moosewood Nature Center, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and the City of Marquette. The youth who attended engaged in a modern form of storytelling by documenting the creation of the sign while exploring the history of Presque Isle, learning Anishinaabe terms, as well as darkroom techniques.
Fun fact: Mikwendaagozi currently resides in the Marquette City Commission Chambers