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      Students explore photography while new sign is painted

      A new sign is being painted for Presque Isle Park in Marquette, and some teenagers are capturing the process. Ten tribal youth from local high schools are learning about the world of professional photography with local artist, Kristine Granger.

      The project is a joint effort between the Center for Native American Studies, the City of Marquette, and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. The teens are documenting the creation of the new entrance sign for Presque Isle. Wednesday morning, the teens got their film cameras ready and carefully pointed their cameras toward the canvas that Sherri Loonsfoot-Aldred is painting. Lindsey Rabitaille, a 16 year old from Marquette, said photography is a big interest of hers.

      "It's important to document this process because Presque Isle is really important to the Native American culture, and it's going to be around for a long time, and this sign is always going to be up," said Rabitaille.

      The students will create photo essays of the painting process called Mikwendaagozi-To Be Remembered. Students will be spending time in a dark room to develop their film. They are also studying the Anishinaabe language at the same time.

      The photography and painting project will wrap up in two weeks. The painting will then be enlarged for the new sign at Presque Isle.