Kids Up North: Pow Wow with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

History books can be boring.  But history that comes alive right in front of you?  That’s a different story. Members of the Grand Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians are inviting families to come experience a celebration of culture, history, and community with their annual Peshawbestown Traditional Pow Wow August 21-22., four miles north of Suttons Bay just off M-22.

From dancers decked out in colorful, ornate ceremonial regalia to drummers that will make sure you’re feet can’t stay still, the Pow Wow is a perfect opportunity to learn about the tribes that first settled in Northern Michigan.  It’s also a great time to share a meal with friends and neighbors at the Pow Wow’s Community Feast, which will take place August 20 at 5 p.m.

The Pow Wow is free of charge and open to the public.  Watch all the magic of the music and dancing on display during Grand Entry times: Saturday 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday at 12 p.m. 

Make a day of it on Saturday and stop by the Eyaawing (pronounced a-yah-wing) Museum and Cultural Center in Peshawbestown.  The museum’s name means “who we are” and displays all kinds of cool artwork and exhibits about travel and trade and fishing.  Look up in the main gallery to see a pair of bonding bald eagles on display. So cool!  To learn more about the Eyaawing Museum, call 231-534-7764. 

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