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Native American Celebration

The following will be free and open to the public. From 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. each day, attendees will have the chance to participate in a variety of workshops and activities. Tuesday morning will open with a drum circle and songs led by local drumming group, Mukwa Giizhik, followed by a community welcome feast. From 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops including:

1. A talking and storytelling circle led by Henry Boulley (of Sault Ste. Marie) and John Causley (of Hessel) in which local tribal heritage, culture, languages and traditions will be discussed
2. A hands-on hide-tanning workshop with Tony Grondin of St. Ignace.
3. A hands-on Black Ash basket-weaving workshop with Marge Bekins of St. Ignace.
4. A hands-on leatherworking workshop with Jackie Minton of Raber.
5. A hands-on leather and appliqué workshop with Delinda Causley of Hessel.

Hessel School House
3206 W. Cedar Street in Hessel

Participants are welcome to come and go throughout the afternoon, and to explore working with more than one guest instructor. The schedule for Tuesday will be similar. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., attendees will be able to choose from the list of instructors above and can work with them in any combination. At 2 p.m. there will be a second screening of Kalvin Hartwig’s film, This Is Who I Am, followed by a discussion of its themes and production. The day will end with closing drum songs by Mukwa Giizhik.
07.10.2018 - 07.11.2018
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