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Native American Festival

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May 27, 2012
9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Museum of Ojibwa Culture
State Street
St. Ignace, MI United States

On Memorial Day weekend  the sounds of drumming, friendship, music and dance, and cultural demonstrations will fill the grounds of the Museum of Ojibwa Culture.  The building housing the Museum was built in 1837 and we are celebrating its 175th year with several events spread over the summer of 2012.

Native American Festival activities will include:  Men’s Drum Group, Little Thunder; Grandmother Moon Singers (women’s hand drum group); Head Female Dancer, Francie Wyers; Hoop Dancer, Rita DeVoy; Head Male Youth Dancer to be announced.

Workshops will include: Brain Tanning, Perry Neuman; Black Ash Basket Making, Marge Bekins; Dreamcatchers Workshop, Sue St. Onge and Tom and Sally Paquin; Quill Work Demonstration, Bruce Bannatyne; Fire Keeper Demonstration (Sacred Fire Teachings), Diana Irish; and Ojibwa games.  These activities will take place from 9:00 am. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

We will also have food vendors and Native American craft vendors.  This festival is a family-friendly opportunity to celebrate the rich history, living culture and revitalization of ancient traditions.

On Sunday there will be a mass on the museum grounds, in the Ojibwa language, led by Father John Haskill.  Father Haskill will use the chalice believed to be Father Marquette’s in the mass.  Brother Jim Boynton will talk about Father Marquette and his connection to St. Ignace and the Native Americans residing in the area.  There will also be drumming, dancing and singing in the afternoon.  Mass time to be announced at a later date.

This event is being sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.