Native American Festival
Phone: 906-643-9161 Contact: Shirley Sorrels
Celebrating a heritage that is rich in diversity and creativity, St. Ignace's annual Native American Festival promises to be a thrill for the senses.
Hear the sounds of drums, see the expressive dances, and taste the traditions that were literally hundreds of years in the making -- all at this one incredible event. The smell of sacred medicines and the feel of birch bark, porcupine quills and other materials used for both function and artistry are also part of the experience. The event is held on the grounds of the Museum of Ojibwa Culture and festival activities are free to all visitors.
The weekend features four distinctly different workshops focused on a traditional skill. Each begins on Saturday at 10am and guests may spend all their time in one session or feel free to visit a variety of demonstrations.
Sally Paquin will share her 26 years of experience as she demonstrates the creation of a quill basket.
Marge Bekins, who has been fascinated by black ash baskets since age 10, will share what she has learned about the creation of these baskets, used for thousands of years by Ojibwe people for a variety of purposes.
Sue St. Onge, a gifted educator, and her daughter will talk about the origins and significance of the dream catcher while demonstrating the art of creating one.
And Charisse Graham will lead children of all ages in a sand art activity sponsored by the Sault Tribe Youth Education Activities Program.
More information will be posted as it becomes available, so please check back!