In the early 1800s, much of the land surrounding Stockbridge was wet and mucky – a characteristic which would prove lucrative for the vegetable farming that would later typify agriculture in the area, but it did not lend itself to permanent settlement. Native American trails traversed the land, however, and temporary encampments were situated on high spots, one of which eventually became the site of the village of Stockbridge.
These were the people known as the Anishinaabe – those of the Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Odawa nations, known as the Three Fires people. Despite the lack of permanent settlements nearby, Stockbridge’s early pioneers regularly encountered and traded with the native peoples of Michigan, and well into recent years residents have found artifacts such as arrowheads scattered through the neighboring townships.
Hear more about the Anishinaabe at the next public meeting of the Stockbridge Area Genealogical/Historical Society on April 25, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Stockbridge Town Hall. Speaking will be Victoria Voges, educational director of the Nokomis Learning Center in Okemos.
The Nokomis Native American Cultural Learning Center is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the history, Arts, and culture of the Anishinaabe people – the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi nations. The Center fulfills this mission through programs, exhibitions and special events. More information on events and learning at the Center is available at their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nokomislearningcenter
The Stockbridge Area Genealogocial/Historical Society is a non-profit organization whose goals are to preserve and promote genealogical and historical information throughout the Stockbridge community. More information on the Society can be found at their website: www.stockbridgeareaghs.org