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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Turtle Shell

The markings on the carapace, or top of the shell, are gray and black with an undertone of a muted olive green color. The black markings consist of either swirls or heavy lines running vertically and horizontally over the shell. The marginals aslo have a black markings. The marginals at one end are jagged, flaking, and brittle. The plastron has larger areas of dark brown coloring and splotches, while the color underneath is light yellow.
2" h 6.25" w 7" d
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Education Program
Gift Of Tracy Bacigal

Discover: The First People of this Place (Grades K-3) (October 14 2019)
Long before Europeans came to Michigan, Grand Rapids was the site of a Native American village. Native American villages along the Grand River would have looked very different from our present city of Grand Rapids. The First People of this Place program will discuss three Native American tribes of the Great Lakes region--Odawa (Ottawa), Ojibwe (Chippewa) and Bode'wadmi (Potawatomi). Together, these peoples form the tribes of the Three Fires and are collectively called the Anishinabek. Students will be introduced to traditional life ways, the respected role of elders, and storytelling. Program activities allow students to learn history firsthand by handling artifacts, participating in traditional children’s games, and listening to Anishinabe stories.


  • Students will be able to explain who the first inhabitants of Michigan were and how long humans have inhabited Michigan.
  • Students will be able to describe how the clothing, food, shelter, and technology of Michigan’s Native Americans have evolved through time.
  • Students will analyze examples of traditional and modern Anishinabe culture present in exhibit areas and in primary sources.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards: H1 The World in Temporal Terms Historical Habits of Mind, H2 Living and Working Together in Families and Communities, Now and Long Ago, H3 The History of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, G2 Places and Regions, G4 Human Systems, G5 Environment and Society, P1 Reading and Communication, P2 Inquiry Research and Analysis
  • ELA Common Core Standards for Reading
  • NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Constructing Explanations

Bacigal, Tracy