Saganing Tribe Preserves the Past with Powwow

Amy Rich
Bear paws, eagle feathers and other animal symbols adorned many pieces of the rich cultural attire seen during the events on June 4.
Amy Rich
The jingling of dresses and belled anklets were heard twinkling merrily as many dancers joined in during the inter-tribal dances. Long tube shaped chimes hung on the dresses of medicine dancers like this young lady.
Amy Rich
Participants who wore multiple layers of cloths and furs were sure to stay hydrated during Saturday's events. Bottled water was passed around as temperatures rose.
Amy Rich
The littlest dancer needed a little encouragement from mom as he made his first trip around the circle.
Amy Rich
Elaborate headdresses were worn by some of the Powwow’s participants.
Amy Rich
Two young boys practice their moves together before entering the dance circle.
Amy Rich
Adeptly combining a winding hop with a graceful twist, some youth dancers showed that they had studied the native dances before attending the 2011 Powwow.
Amy Rich
Grade school children learned the rhythms of their ancestors as they swayed to the music.
Amy Rich
Some of the youngest and most colorful participants of the day were the butterfly dancers, being led around the Powwow circle by elders.
Amy Rich
“Pain is the window to my soul, only Great Spirit can make me whole,” Corky Knox opened the Powwow with a poetic word of prayer. Knox enjoyed serving as the prayer warrior for the Saganing Tribal events.

Preserving the Saganing Tribe’s past is what brought together people from all over Arenac county and beyond on Saturday, June 04, 2011. Held on the Powwow grounds next to the Saganing Tribal Center, the two day event was off to a great start with a large turnout and wealth of native goods and foods. During the Powwow’s grand entry, guests were treated to a beautiful array of groups decked out in their finest garb, including military service men and women, grass dancers, medicine dancers and butterfly dancers. Events were set to begin at 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday and included live traditional Ojibwa music, language, dances, foods and crafts.


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