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UMMA Book Club: Stories from the North -- VIRTUAL EDITION

Virtual Book Club events will be hosted Thursdays at 7 p.m. on Zoom and registration is required. See dates and book selections below. 

The UMMA Book Club: Stories from the North continues in cyberspace!  Please join us for a monthly gathering that offers a starting point to discover narratives pertaining to the cultures of North American Indigenous people featuring the works of Inuit and indigenous authors, inspired by the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s exhibition, Reflections: An Ordinary Day.  The prints, drawings, and sculptures featured in this exhibition of Inuit art explore the relationship between the artist and the representation of everyday experiences. Facilitator Elizabeth James, a Detroit-based storyteller, will offer the opportunity to enjoy traditional storytelling as well as discuss books written by contemporary Inuit and Native American authors.

May 21,  7 p.m.: Sanaaq:  An Inuit Novel by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk (Author), Peter Frost (Translator). Register here.

June 18, 7 p.m.: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Register here. 

Books are available through the UMMA Shop. Book Club participants receive a 10% discount. Email Shop Manager Neil Van Houten at to coordinate your purchase and arrange shipping or curbside pickup.

Previous book club readings included:

The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet by Sheila Watt-Cloutier 

House Made of Dawn [50th Anniversary Ed]: A Novel (P.S.) Anniversary Edition
by N. Scott Momaday 


This exhibition is made possible by the Power Family Program for Inuit Art, established in 2018 through the generosity of Philip and Kathy Power.