Eddie Benton-Banai was the inaugural visiting scholar for the Olga J. and G. Roland Denison Visiting Professorship of Native American Studies in the Fall 2009 semester.
"Being Indian Today: Identity and the Contemporary Anishinaabeg"
Humanities 197A (1 credit hour)
Eddie Benton-Banai holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Western California University. He currently teaches courses in Anishinabe Studies at SHINGWAUK KINOOMAAGE GAMIG, Algoma University. Benton-Banai is a full blood member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, is a fifth degree Midewiwin Lodge member, and is Keeper of the Water Drum and Pipe Carrier. He has received a number of awards and recognitions and is the author of two books: The Mishomis Book and Generation to Generation.
Videos of lecture
To view two videos of Eddie Benton-Banai's lectures, visit http://cmich.edu/itunesu. Log in as a CMU Guest if you do not have a CMU ID. Under the Central Michigan University library within the iTunes Store, scroll down to the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences button. The lectures are saved under the "Dennison Professorship" tab.
Guest Lecture 1 (9/18/2009)
Guest Lecture 2 (Fall 2009)
Native American drummers Steve Pego (left) and Nathan Isaac participated in a welcome ceremony for Benton-Benai prior to the start of his first class on September 18, 2009.
Gary Shapiro, Central Michigan University interim provost, and Pamela Gates, College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences interim dean, welcome Denison Visiting Professor Eddie Benton-Banai.
Visiting professor Eddie Benton-Banai teaches a course entitled "Being Indian Today: Identity and the Contemporary Anishinaabeg" at Central Michigan University.