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The annual Native American Festival is on May 25‑26, 2019, at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture, 500 N. State Street in St. Ignace, Mich.

It is a day to recognize and celebrate the rich culture and contributions of the Anishinaabek 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 Anishinaabek people and helping to preserve and revitalize their arts and culture, while inspiring them to take pride in their heritage and community.

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 festival is on the grounds of the Museum of Ojibwa Culture and festival activities are free to all visitors.

Saturday, May 25
Workshops and demonstrations: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
-Hoop dancing workshop for children and youth, (adults welcome);
-Shane Flamand, internationally known hoop dancer, Sudbury, Ontario;
-Dreamcatcher workshop, learn how to make willow dream-catchers from start to finish, Teresa Flamand;
-Black ash basket workshop, experience a demonstration with traditional basket maker, Marge Bekins;
-Quill work workshop, Sally Paquin an accomplished quill basket maker demonstrates the artistry of porcupine quill work;
-Traditional medicines, learn about the importance and relationship of the four sacred medicines, sweet grass, sage, tobacco and cedar to Indigenous culture, Lisa Burnside;
-Traditional story telling in the long house, John Causley 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.;
-Grandmother Moon Drummers and Singers, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.;
-Guided tours: museum and museum grounds with a cultural interpreter - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.;
-Traditional drumming and dancing: Grand entry at 1 p.m. Guest dancer, Shane Flamand, internationally known hoop dancer.
-Traditional feast at 5:30 p.m. (free for participants, must have participant tickets): $11 for non-participants.

Sunday, May 26
-Traditional talking circle in the long house: 10 a.m. to 12: p.m., Tony Grondin and Richard Lewis
-Traditional storytelling in the long house, Richard Lewis 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call Shirley Sorrels at 906‑643‑9161.

Families Against Narcotics (FAN) Chippewa County now meets on a new night. Meetings are now on the third Wednesdays of every month at 6 p.m. at the new location in the Avery Square conference room, on the second floor (elevators available) in Sault Ste. Marie. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit or www.facebook.com/fanchipp.

Sault Tribe Native American local crafts and farmers market every Thursday and Friday from noon to 6 p.m. June through September at the Manistique Tribal Center on U.S. 2 next to Kewadin Casinos Manistique. For more information, contact Darcy Morrow at 906‑298‑1888 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Farmers Market Flyer

Sault Tribe will be hosting a Native American crafts and farmers market from June through September at the Manistique Tribal Center. We are recruiting for our new Native American and local handmade crafts and farmers market. Please contact Darcy Morrow at 906‑298‑1888 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Calling for Vendors flyer

2019 Manistique Powwow13th annual Sault Tribe Manistique area Gathering of the Clans Powwow Aug. 24, 2019
Behind Manistique Tribal Community Center
5698 Hwy US 2, Manistique, Mich.
Next to the Kewadin Casino.

Spiritual Gathering, Aug. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. Please bring a dish to pass.
Behind the Tribal Community Center

Grand Entries at 12 and 6 p.m.
Feast Meal: 4 p.m. (Donations are welcome for the feast meal.)
Silent Auction: Need not be present to win
Free Admission: Public Invited and Welcome

Host Drum: Mission Krik
Co Host Drum: TBD
Head Veteran: TBD
Head Male Dancer: TBD
Head Female Dancer: Carrie Gaskin
Master of Ceremony: Stanley Spruce
Arena Director: Bud Biron
Firekeeper: Andrew Biron

Vendors, Traders or Public can call for information Viola Neadow at 906‑341‑6993 or 800- 347-7137 or Darcy Morrow at 906‑298‑1888

No drugs, alcohol dogs or politics allowed.

Gathering of the Clans Powwow Flyer

Don’t be a party to underage drinking! Underage drinking is not a minor problem. Town hall meeting on May 23 at the Manistique High School auditorium at 6 p.m. Call 906‑286‑0159 to register.

Town Hall Meeting Flyer

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