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Nov 11
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Feel Good Fridays at UMMA 

Free and open to the public. No advance registration required.

It’s Finally Friday and You Deserve To Feel Good

Open late with something to discover around every corner – join your neighbors at Feel Good Friday and experience the restorative power of a fun Friday night surrounded by art, music, and culture. 

Free and open to the public. 

November is Feel Good Frybread
This month’s Feel Good Friday is a collaboration between the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs’ Native American Heritage Month Committee, U-M’s Native American Student Association, and UMMA.


Globally recognized dancer and activist Notorious Cree. James Jones is Nehiyaw (Cree) from Tall Cree First Nation in Treaty 8 Territory in Northern Alberta, Canada. Known as Notorious Cree across Instagram and TikTok, James uses his voice to educate and spread awareness on the issues impacting Indigenous communities across the globe. As a traditional hoop and powwow dancer, performance artist, youth workshop facilitator and public speaker, James inspires future generations by reclaiming his culture and encouraging others to do the same. Notable performances include the 2010 Winter Olympics, 2014 and 2022 Juno awards, 2015 Pan Am Games, Coachella and was a previous contestant on SYTYCD Canada.

Heron Hill Designs will offer a live demonstration of their incredible beadwork and raise awareness about the Indigenous experience. Heron Hill Designs consists of partners Joey (he/him), also known as Waasay Makwa Inini, of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, and Daniel (they/them), Roma-Gitane and Indigenous. They are two contemporary queer Indigenous artists in Michigan, who started working together in 2019. Their practice is an ongoing blend of contemporary styles of art and older woodland floral designs and illustrations.

Indigenous Authors' Book Pop Up with Ariel Ojibway of the U-M Library will feature works by Indigenous authors spanning several genres and nations. Enjoy children’s literature, adult fiction, non-fiction, and cook books by emerging and renowned authors. Inspired by the Give Away at powwows, these books are a gift from NASA and UMMA to our community. Ariel, a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, works at and loves libraries, and while she's not a librarian, she's a literature devotee who believes stories can lead us all back to Mino-Bimaaduziwin, living life in a good way. Please come, find a book you love, and pass it along!

Storytime with author Stacie Sheldon, author of Bebikaan-Ezhiwebiziwinan Nimkii: The Adventures of Nimkii.

And yes, frybread! 

The UMMA exhibition Andrea Carlson Future Cache celebrates northern Michigan’s Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. This powerful collection of paintings and texts—shines a light on the story of the Burt Lake Band and centers Indigenous people.

All Galleries open!

SAVE THE DATE: the next UMMA Feel Good Friday will be February 10, 2023

Feel Good Frybread is organized by the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs’ Native American Heritage Month Committee, the Native American Student Association and UMMA with support from the U-M Rackham Graduate School, Arts Initiative, the Center for World Performance Studies, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and the U-M and Ann Arbor District Libraries.

Media sponsor: Michigan Radio

Special thanks to the Cheboiganing (Burt Lake) Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Margaret Noodin, and Richard A. Wiles, for their consultation on the State Historical Marker text; to Margaret Noodin and Michael Zimmerman, Jr. for translating the gallery texts into Anishinaabemowin; to James Horton and Fritz Swanson for generously producing the letterpress broadsides; to colleagues at the U-M Biological Station, U-M Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, U-M Clements Library, and U-M Clark Map Library. For more information on the Cheboiganing (Burt Lake) Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians visit 

Lead support for Future Cache is provided by Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, Erica Gervais Pappendick and Ted Pappendick, and the U-M Office of the Provost.