“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mackinac Island in Mackinac County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Home Of The Ancestors

Home Of The Ancestors Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Trevor L Whited, August 10, 2022
1. Home Of The Ancestors Marker
Mackinac Island has long been a burial location for the Anishnaabek (Odawa, Ojibway and Potawatomi). Some of the burials on the island are more than one thousand years old. It is a common practice for the Anishnaabek to bury their dead near water and their villages. Once their kin are interred, the Anishnaabek remember them in special ceremonies, often called "feasts of the dead" or "ghost suppers." Michigan Odawa, Ojibway and Potawatomi communities hold these feasts in autumn.

As part of respecting the dead, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians have worked with Mackinac State Historic Parks to repatriate ancestral human remains from Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City. The 1990 federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act governs this work. Mackinac Island is a special place for many native people. Manidook (spirits), events and the burials of the ancestors all contribute to the sacred nature of the island.
Erected 2020 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number 4.)
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyCemeteries & Burial SitesNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 45° 51.449′ N, 84° 37.131′ W. Marker is on Mackinac Island, Michigan, in Mackinac County. Marker is on Garrison Road north of Rifle Range Road, on the right when traveling north. Sits just to the side of the Skull Cave viewing area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mackinac Island MI 49757, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Skull Cave (here, next to this marker); Fort Holmes (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Post Cemetery (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Holmes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sugar Loaf (approx. 0.3 miles away); Scout Barracks / Parade Ground (approx. 0.3 miles away); Historic Fort Mackinac (approx. 0.3 miles away); Greany Grove (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinac Island.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
Home Of The Ancestors Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Trevor L Whited, August 10, 2022
2. Home Of The Ancestors Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2022, by Trevor L Whited of Kokomo, Indiana. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 20, 2022, by Trevor L Whited of Kokomo, Indiana. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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