The University of Wisconsin-Superior on Thursday hosted a welcome ceremony around the school's Maawanji'idiwin Medicine Wheel. The wheel stands as a symbol of the school's commitment to diversity and acknowledges the land's indigenous history and presence.
According to the university, the wheel, which was dedicated in October 2018, was created "not only to pay honor and give visibility to the Ojibwe people whose land UW-Superior inhabits but also to provide a cultural and educational gathering space" that represents all people. The wheel serves as a gathering place for people on campus as well as a place simply to sit and reflect.
Medicine wheels are used by various indigenous peoples worldwide as a "system of teachings relating to the natural cycles of life and the basic ways in which the natural world, including all humans, moves and evolves," according to the university.