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Sault Tribe 2018 powwow schedule

Honoring Our Waters and Her Protectors - powwow and round dance
Feb. 24‑25—Kewadin Shores Event Center, 3015 Mackinac Trail, in St. Ignace. Public welcome. Feb. 24, grand entry at noon, dinner break at 5 p.m., and round dance at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, grand entry at 1 p.m. We call to all jingle dress dancers to come and dance for the healing of our waters. Water ceremony on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. with Jennifer and Chuck Raspor. Use walkway down to the water behind casino. Public is welcomed. For more information, Drums and dancers, call Colleen Medicine at 906‑635‑6050, 26140. For vendor information, call Lakota Captain at 906‑643‑7071, ext. 34025.

12th annual Gathering of the Clans Powwow
June 9—The 12th Annual Sault Tribe Manistique Area Gathering of the Clans Powwow is Saturday, June 9, at the Manistique Tribal Community Center, 5698 Highway US 2, next to the Kewadin Casino. Grand entries are Saturday at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. There will be a silent auction and a feast Saturday at 4 p.m. Donations are welcome for the feast meal. Vendors, traders and the public can call Viola Neadow at 906‑341‑6993 or 800‑347‑7137 or Denise Chase at 906‑203‑2471 for information. Admission is free and the public is invited and welcome! (No drugs, politics or alcohol allowed. No dogs allowed.)

37th annual Sault Tribe Traditional Powwow and Summer Gathering
July 13‑15—The 37th annual Sault Tribe Traditional Powwow and Summer Gathering, Miinaadendimowin Anishnaabe Bimaadiziwin Bawaatiog Jingtamok, “Respecting our way of life at Bawaating” is scheduled for July 13‑15 at the tribe's powwow grounds off of Shunk Road on Ice Circle. Blessing of the grounds is on Tuesday, July 10, spiritual gathering is on Thursday, July 12. Festivities begin on July 13 with a kid's carnival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Open drum and dance at 7 p.m. Grand entries on Saturday, July 14, at 1 and 7 p.m. with a traditional feast at 5 p.m. and a hand drum contest at 6 p.m. Grand entry on Sunday, July 15 is at noon. This year’s celebration features singing specials, dance specials, jackpot spot dances and much more.

Admission is free and open to the public. Camping available on a first-come, first-served basis, showers and restroom available on-site.

Kewadin Casino and Convention Center is host hotel, call 800‑539‑2346.

Drums, dancers, spiritual gathering folks and vendors please call Sault Tribe Cultural Division at 906‑635‑6050.

22nd Annual Sugar Island Traditional Powwow
July 20‑22—Spiritual gathering, Friday, July 20 at 12 p.m. Powwow July 21‑22. July 21 grand entries at 1 and 7 p.m. Feast at 5 p.m. July 22 grand entry 1 p.m. For more information, call Colleen Medicine at 906‑635‑6050 or 259-3948, Rebecca Parish at 906‑203‑8710, Josh Biron at 810‑537‑4992 or Joe Ailing at 906‑440‑7003. Hand drum contest! Free and open to the public. No drugs, alcohol, dogs or politics.

15th Annual Youth Empowerment Powwow
July 28—Fairgrounds, Rexton, Twp. Park, Rexton, Mich. Sponsored by the Youth Education and Activities Program. Grand entry at 1 p.m. Giveaway at 5 p.m. Feast will follow at the Rexton Township Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call YEA manager Laura Porterfield at 906‑635‑7010. All dancers and drums welcome.

Kitchi-Miniss Munising Annual Powwow
Aug. 11—Bay Furnace Campground, Munising, Mich. Grand entries at noon and 6 p.m. Community feast at 4 p.m. Drugs, alcohol and dogs are not allowed Contact Kris LeVeque for general information at 906‑387‑2368, Jen Meyer for general information at 906‑450‑5246, Katy Matson for vendor information at 906‑202‑0026 and Vicky Waldren for feast information at 906‑451‑4572.

26th Annual Gathering of the Eagles Hessel Powwow
Aug. 17‑19—The 26th Gathering of the Eagles Hessel Powwow is on Friday through Sunday, Aug. 17‑19, at the Hessel powwow grounds, next to Kewadin Hessel Casino. Friday is the spiritual gathering and potluck, grand entries on Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. The feast is Saturday at 5 p.m. All drums and dancers welcome! Public welcome! Vendors welcome! Free to elders! No drugs, alcohol or politics. For more information, call Charlee Brissette at 906‑630‑3082 or John Causley at 906‑430‑0830.

12th Annual Rendezvous at the Straits Powwow
Aug. 25‑26—New France Discovery Center at the Father Marquette National Memorial, St. Ignace. The Rendezvous is open to the public. Admission: $5 for adults, $4 for elders and students, children under 12 are free. For more information, contact the St. Ignace Events Committee at 906‑643‑8717 or Darryl Brown at 906‑984‑2083. Blessing of the grounds Friday, Aug. 24, at 12 p.m. Grand Entry Aug. 25 at 12 and 7 p.m., Aug. 26 Grand Entry at 12 p.m.

15th Annual Honoring our Anishinabe Veterans Powwow
Nov. 10—Kinross Recreation Center in Kinross. Public and traders welcome. Grand Entry at 1 p.m., feast/potluck at 5 p.m. Please bring a dish to pass if possible. If you have any questions please call Sault Tribe Cultural Division at 906‑635‑6050.

2018 New Year’s Eve Sobriety Powwow
Dec. 31— Chi Mukwa Community Recreation Center (Big Bear), 2 Ice Circle Drive in Sault Ste. Marie. Public invited. Feast at 5 p.m. at the Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building. Grand Entries: 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Giveaway and Powwow closing: 8:30 p.m.
Ring in the New Year at the Niigaanagiizhik Building, 11 Ice Circle Drive from 8:30 p.m. to 12 Midnight. Sacred Fire, Hot Chocolate and Snacks Provided. This event is free and open to the public! All drums, dancers and eagle staffs are welcome! Honorarium for ALL Drum Groups with a minimum of four registered singers. Vendor space for craft vendors only - FREE. Tables available on a first come, first served basis. For more information contact Cody Jodoin at 906‑635‑6050 or Lisa Moran at 906‑632‑6798.

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