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Rush Mat (sample)

Techniques used recovered from Mexican Kickapoos by maker's mother. This type of mat was used for insulating wigwam walls and also as floor covering. Currently such mats are made and used as wrappings for sacred or ceremonial bundles. This mat is a sample size to show materials and technique, but is too small to actually use for any other purpose than as an example.;ACCEPT. RELEVANCE: Exemplifies materials, technology, and decorative techniques of area Indians immediately prior to and after European contact. OTHER COLLECTIONS: We have many other objects from this culture, but no reed mats. We would like to acquire reed mats if possible in the future.;Purchased from maker; commissioned by Museum. Maker is the daughter of non-Indian weaver, Mae Ring and Isaac Ike Peters.;Purchased from maker; commissioned by Museum.. Purchased from maker; commissioned by Museum..;1) maker's monogram logo and name on tag |
October 1996
Weaving, Rush Leaves Scirpus Validus, Commercial Twine
14" h 20.5" w 0.25" d
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Collection Tier:
Tier 3
Purchased With Funds From Friends Of The Public Museum Docentry League
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

Related Entities:
Dillard, Renee (creator) Friends of the Public Museum (donor)