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Native American Festival
May 26 - May 27
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.
“Everyone is welcome to come and experience the rich traditions and culture of the Anishinaabe people. It is an honor and a privilege to host this annual event that spotlights an important part of our history through the eyes of the First People who inhabited this area, said Shirley Sorrels, Museum Director. We are proud to recognize the important contribution the Anishinaabe people make to enrich our museum and inform us about the Native American experience of past generations.”
Location: Museum of Ojibwa Culture, 500 N. State Street
Contact: Shirley Sorrels
The annual 2018 Native American Festival will be held on May 26-27, 2018 at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture in St. Ignace, Michigan.
It is a day to recognize and celebrate the rich culture and contributions of the Anishinaabe people from the area. At its idyllic location close to the shores of Lake Huron, the festival shines with amazing energy, pride and excitement in the drummers, dancers, workshop presenters, visitors and supporters who attend the festival each year.
The Festival is committed to focusing on the creative and traditional spirit of the Anishinaabe people and helping to preserve and revitalize their arts and culture, while inspiring them to take pride in their heritage and community.
Saturday May 26
11:00 am to 1pm
Grandmother Moon Drummers and Singers and the Healing Lodge Singers
Guided tours of the museum grounds and the museum with a cultural interpreter
1pm to 5 pm Pow-Wow
Grand Entry- 1 pm: The honor guard, veterans and elders lead the dancers into the circle. Then comes the many generations of men, women and children. All ages are represented. It is a truly magnificent sight and one that can only truly be appreciated by actually being at this important cultural event.
1-5 pm Traditional drumming and dancing
5:30 pm Traditional feast for participants. Free for participants. $11.00 for non-participants.
Sunday, May 27
Guided museum and grounds tours with a cultural interpreter
Guided historic walking tour with a local historian. Walking tour begins at the museum.
1:00 pm Cultural workshops
Adults and children’s workshop- Hairpipe chokers- Come and learn how to make a hairpipe choker as they were made hundreds of years ago and learn the cultural significance of them.
- Clan coloring workshop for children
- Black ash basket making demonstration
- Hand drum making workshop
- Porcupine quill demonstration
- Making traditional smudging bundles and tobacco ties