Native American Festival
Phone: 906-643-9161 Contact: Shirley Sorrels
The perfect combination of traditional teachings, celebratory music and dancing, and cultural awareness make the Native American Festival something meaningful and fun for natives and non-natives of all ages.
The festival schedule offers a variety of ceremonies, workshops, and traditional entertainment - all without any cost to participants. Ojibwa artists will demonstrate the making of quill baskets, black ash baskets, and the tanning of hide using traditional methods. Teachings will include topics like the significance of the sacred pipe, sacred medicines, and Ojibwa regalia.
Our event begins with a sunrise ceremony at daybreak on May 24. It is traditional to use the ceremony to symbolize the beginning of an event. The fire will be lit and kept going while activities are ongoing.
The Grand Entry will occur at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, when drummers, dancers and other festival participants will parade around the museum grounds. Led by tribal flags and armed service flags, the parade is conducted with a certain protocol and only after the first round are non-participants invited to join the parade.
Children will also enjoy the festival and will learn to play imaginative games devised thousands of years ago by various tribes.
Sunday's schedule starts with a very special mass on the museum grounds. Father John Haskell, a Chippewa priest, will officiate in both English and Ojibwa, and the original Father Marquette chalice will be used during the service.
Traditional foods will be available for purchase, and hand-made artisan goods will be available for purchase in the museum store.
For more details download the flyer above!