Some of our earliest research began with memory mapping – where Anishinaabe Elders walked the land with us and showed us places and things that are only known because they have been passed down from generation to generation through oral stories. With our Elders guidance we were able to create maps of travel routes on land and water, burial sites, and long forgotten campsites. In some cases we would return with archeologists and discover ancient artifacts dating back thousands of years.
Today we have a team of researchers who help us show the rest of the world how this land and our culture are tightly woven together and how they can meet UNESCO's high standards for "outstanding universal value." Our wide ranging research includes how the Ojibwe language is used and is uniquely preserved; our relationship with the water, animals and plants; and the effects of European influences. We are working with scientists to show how the land provides all of us with clean air and clean water and the monetary value of those ecological services.
Our research looks at pictographs made 5000 years ago that are still visible today as well as Woodland art created here just 50 years ago that now hangs in galleries around the world. A summary of our extensive research can be found here.