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Crooked Tree Arts Center opens Native American artwork exhibit

A wolf quill box by artist Yvonne Walker Keshick that will be featured in the Crooked Tree Arts Center exhibit "Kindred."

PETOSKEY — Petoskey’s Crooked Tree Arts Center recently unveiled a new exhibit revolving around the artwork, history and stories of the local Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. 

The exhibit — titled ““Kindred: Traditional Arts of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians” — opened Monday, Sept. 20 at the arts center and features both historic and contemporary examples of Odawa arts and crafts in both of the arts center’s upper galleries. 

“This has been a long time coming,” said visual arts director Liz Erlewine. “In some of my early months working for the arts center, I was invited to see a private collection of quill boxes and other Odawa artworks and it was the first time I had been made aware of what something like a quill box was.”