“If you were here in 1817, Michigan would have seemed an entirely indigenous space,” says Michael Witgen, a historian at the University of Michigan. “It was dominated by native peoples who lived in Detroit, Mackinac, in the Grand River valley, in the Upper Peninsula. And anywhere you went, you would have encountered native people, and it would have been native people continuing to live as their ancestors had done.” (Dwyer, Dustin. "Look about you. What ideas do you see inscribed on the land of Michigan?" Michigan Radio. October 15, 2018).