The history of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi of Southwest Michigan is a tale of cultural innovation as well as the preservation of tradition. Professor Low will touch on the history of the Pokagon from pre-contact to the present, including the impact of the fur trade, U.S. government policies, and the band’s federal recognition in 1994, as well as current Pokagon initiatives and activities. He will also focus on the black ash baskets of his community and the power of material culture.
Dr. John N. Low is an associate professor at Ohio State University at Newark, a citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, and an award-winning author. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is an enrolled citizen of the Pokagon Band. He is also Director of the Newark Earthworks Center at the OSU - Newark