April 19, 2024


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Potawatomi Rejoice Their Lifestyle in West Michigan Artwork Group

DOUGLAS, Mich. — American Indian drumming could be heard a pair of blocks absent from the Saugatuck-Douglas Background Middle on a lovely West Michigan summer time Saturday afternoon in the compact village of Douglas, Mich., an art community found 40 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

The Iron Bear drum was on hand for the “Creative Spark – Celebration of the Bodewadmi (Potawatomi) Tribe” method. A number of dancers were being also existing to display their competencies as classic dancers prior to a mainly non-Native viewers who came out Saturday to find out about the Potawatomi tradition.

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Emcee Jason Wesaw (Pokagon Potawatomi) advised the audience to notice how the dancers put their ft down carefully as they danced. 

“See how the dancers circulation with the beat of the drum leaving their gentle footprints on Mom Earth,” Wesaw claimed.

Visitors to the celebration were capable to obtain Indian tacos and fry breard. They also ended up capable to see some Potawatomi artisans who were current to show their standard art tactics. 


Jason Wesaw emceed the event. (Image/Levi Rickert)


Jonathan Rinehart carried in the eagle staff members. (Photo/Levi Rickert)


Morgan Raphael demonstrated her capabilities as a fancy dancer. (Picture/Levi Rickert)


The viewers was invited to dance with the Indigenous dancers. (Picture/Levi Rickert)


Award-winning sculptor Jason Quigno discusses his art with community members. (Image/Levi Rickert)


John Pigeon demonstrates his traditional basket weaving skills employing black ash. (Picture/Levi Rickert)

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Levi Rickert

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Levi Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation) is the founder, publisher and editor of Native News On the web. He can be arrived at at [email protected]