michigander http://michiganradio.org en Pinpointing the first Michiganders http://michiganradio.org/post/pinpointing-first-michiganders <p>We live in a complex world of technology, of instant communication with just about any spot in the world.</p><p>So it is all too easy for us to lose track of our roots, our history.</p><p>Who were the first people to call Michigan "home" and what can we learn from those first Michiganders?</p><p>Bill Lovis is a professor and curator of anthropology at Michigan State University.</p><p>“They came from the South,” Bill said of the first state inhabitants.</p><p>Around 12,000 years ago, Michigan was under ice, with several lobes of glaciers covering the state. As the ice receded and melted, people moved up into the state and the Great Lakes began to form.</p><p>It was still several thousands of years before Michigan’s terrain began to resemble what it is today. Glaciers left the land very cold, barren, and wet, and it took a long time for forestation to begin. The earliest inhabitants were families who moved across this landscape going from resource to resource.</p><p>While these early settlers maybe seem very distant to modern Michiganders, they still touch our lives today.</p><p>“Anyone who has a corncob with their braut in the summer is being impacted by Native American society,” said Bill. “The food crops are exceptionally important contributions to the world economy.”</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:28:07 +0000 Stateside Staff 13139 at http://michiganradio.org Pinpointing the first Michiganders Michigander: The Backstory http://michiganradio.org/post/michigander-backstory <p>I realize there are a few other things going on today, such as the mess in Egypt, and the aftermath of President Obama’s historic trip to Marquette, where they gave him a Stormy Kromer hat.</p><p>There’s also a major story the media missed last night. Governor Rick Snyder spoke briefly at a Michigan State University political leadership forum in Livonia, remarks that included a sensational announcement.</p><p>Mr. Snyder said he would remain in office until the Lions appear in the Super Bowl. Which means he pretty much declared himself governor for life. The Lions last won a world championship the year I entered kindergarten, a year before Governor Snyder was born.</p><p>Maybe that’s an approach Hosni Mubarak should have tried, telling his people that the second the Lions won, he’d be history.</p><p>Anyway. I need to get on to the really important story of the day, which is the new poll by Resch Strategies that showed that by a margin of fifty-eight percent to twelve percent, citizens of this state prefer to call ourselves Michiganders, not Michiganians. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 13:47:18 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1253 at http://michiganradio.org Michigander: The Backstory Michigander beats Michiganian (online poll) http://michiganradio.org/post/michigander-beats-michiganian-online-poll <p>Budget schmudget.</p><p>The <em>real </em>debate in this state is over how we self-identify.</p><p>The Michigander vs. Michiganian debate rears up every so often.</p><p>We last heard about it during last fall's gubernatorial race.</p><p>Democratic candidate Virg Bernero preferred <em>Michiganian</em>, while Republican candidate Rick Snyder preferred <em>Michigander</em> (my spell check likes neither, by the way).</p><p>Snyder grabbed the victory and told the crowd to drop all the divisive labels... except one. From <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/11/after_easy_win_how_incoming_go.html">MLive</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Snyder told his victory party in Detroit that it was time to "drop the labels" of party, ideology and geography. "There is only one label that matters and that label is Michigander."</p></blockquote><p><strong><em>Survey says</em></strong></p><p>The Lansing-based PR firm Resch Strategies decided to feel the state's pulse on this question. They contacted 600 Michiganians/Michiganders at the end of January and asked them, "<em>Do you consider yourself a (ROTATE:&nbsp; Michigander or a Michiganian)</em>"?</p><p><span class="full-image-float-right ssNonEditable"><span>The results:</span></span></p><ul><li>58% said Michigander</li><li>12% said Michiganian</li><li>7% said both</li><li>11% said neither</li><li>12% didn’t know</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Online Poll (warning, extremely scientific)</strong></em></p><p>We thought we'd try to gauge your preference:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><script language="JavaScript" src="http://w.sharethis.com/button/buttons.js"></script><script language="JavaScript">stLight.options({ publisher:'18355ba4-a04c-4a33-a76f-847aadfc0f80', onhover:false });</script><script language="JavaScript" src="http://www.micropoll.com/a/MicroPoll?id=396430"></script></p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:26:16 +0000 Mark Brush 1241 at http://michiganradio.org Michigander beats Michiganian (online poll)