Andrew J. Blackbird House / Makade Binisii Wegamik
Registered Michigan Historic Site
Andrew J. Blackbird House
Andrew J. Blackbird (c.1815 - 1908), an important figure in the history of the Odawa (Ottawa) tribe, was the son of a chief. Educated in the traditions of the Odawa, he also attended Euro-American schools including present-day Eastern Michigan University. Blackbird bought this building around 1858, when the town was inhabited mostly by Odawa people. From here, he ran the post office and wrote a history of the Odawa. As a councilor for the Odawa he participated in the negotiations for the Treaty of 1855, which established a large home reservation for the Odawa in this area. Blackbird also helped Odawa veterans get pensions, and assisted with land claims. This site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
[Marker translated into Ojibwe]
Kida maandaa ka kiiga etaabendaawaa. Ezhinikaadeg wagaa nakaazi maanpii odawaak gii bizhigewak odenwaa miinwaa gii zhin kaa daamgut wiikwaatoonsing. Miinwaa maanpii kade kii bindaatsit makade binissii maandaa pii 1815. Oosun gii odawawaa giimaa. Makade binissii kii maadsaa oowak kinamaagoo.
has been placed on the
of Historic Places
on April 14, 1972 with a
building number of 7200611
by the United States
Department of the Interior
Erected 2000 by Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number S0352.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1815.
Location. 45° 25.829′ N, 84° 59.09′ W. Marker is in Harbor Springs, Michigan, in Emmet County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 119) west of Judd Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 368 East Main Street, Harbor Springs MI 49740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Andrew J. Blackbird / Mack-e-te-be-nesey (here, next to this marker); Ephraim Shay (within GR&I Railroad Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); World Wars Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Little Traverse Bay (approx. 3.9 miles away); Library (approx. 3.9 miles away); Post Office (approx. 3.9 miles away); Lombard Post No. 170 G.A.R. Memorial (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harbor Springs.
Also see . . .
1. History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan, by Blackbird (1887). Google Books entry (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Andrew J. Blackbird. Wikipedia biography (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. Tribal homepage (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Andrew J. Blackbird Museum. Visit Harbor Springs entry (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Additional keywords. Odawa, Ottawa, Ojibwe, Ojibwa
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 232 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 6. submitted on February 14, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.