Anishinaabe Curator

Website Grand Rapids Public Museum

Anishinaabe Curator

FLSA Status: Full Time Position

Designated Term: 1 year (potential to extend)

Start Date: June 1, 2022 -July 1, 2023

Rate of Pay: $50,000 annual

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is the oldest and second largest museum in the state of Michigan. We are a place of never-ending learning and discovery, with programs and exhibits focusing on history, science, and culture. The employee culture of the GRPM is one of teamwork, excitement, and learning. As an integral part of the West Michigan community, the Museum is open daily to visitors, and hosts after-hours public events and programs, as well as private events and weddings. The entire GRPM team works to create positive visitor experiences through engaging exhibits and programs, and a safe, clean, welcoming space.

This new curatorial position is funded through the Anishinabek Fellowship program at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Initially, the Anishinaabe Curator will lead a project to expand public knowledge and appreciation of one of the few remaining burial mounds in the West Michigan region. The Curator will work with GRPM staff, local tribes, and community partners  to update the Cultural Landscape Management Plan, begin to develop an Interpretive Plan, and host a community event for the Mounds site. Additionally, the Curator will work closely with GRPM staff from a variety of departments, including Curatorial, Education, Exhibits, and Marketing to help create an overall museum experience that is inclusive and representative of indigenous knowledge and lifeways. This will include the evaluation of existing Native American collections, programs, and exhibits and assisting in developing new ones. The right candidate will bring valuable perspectives to museum work in general, not just those pieces specifically related to indigenous people.


  1. Produce an updated Appendix to the 2007 Cultural Landscape Management Plan for the Mounds.
  2. Produce a preliminary draft of an Interpretation Plan for the Mounds.
  3. Develop strategies for a future plan of stewardship that is inclusive of community needs.
  4. Work with Museum staff to host a community gathering to celebrate and share information about the Mounds.


  • Coordinate communications and community meetings with tribal partners, the Community Relations Commission of the City of Grand Rapids, and others to inform stewardship of the Mounds
  • Advise the museum on the process of working with tribal partners and governments to evaluate its “Anishinabek: The People of this Place” exhibit for potential redesign.
  • Coordinate the tribal steering committee and aid in crafting concepts and themes for a redesign of the Anishinabek exhibit
  • Participate in the research, consultation, publication and repatriation processes required of the GRPM under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
  • Participate in the development of educational content for programming at the GRPM
  • Work with native interns to grow community engagement for the GRPM


  • Experience engaging with the Native community (REQUIRED)
  • Experience working with community group and/or tribal governments (REQUIRED)


Project management experience (HIGHLY Preferred)


Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field (Anthropology, Public History etc) (Preferred)


Manual dexterity to operate equipment, bend, stoop, climb, ability to lift 50 pounds, operate power and hand tools.

Professional, multiple settings that include standard business office, climate controlled warehouse storage areas, field work, and public exhibition galleries.

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