September 25, 2018
culture and tradition

Saganing Powwow pics and facts

The Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe (SCIT) held its Traditional Powwow to honor the Saganing Reservation in Standish Township on June 6-7. Members of the SCIT came together with members of other tribes and non-Native American guests to perform traditional dances, don authentic regalia, enjoy true native food, make crafts and educate all in attendance on the heritage and culture of the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe.

Powwow facts
Courtesy Powwow program
The importance of dance

Music and dance are representatives of the full range of life for American Indians. They are integral fuels that have always fed the fires of honor and traditions. American Indian dance is not a form of mindless amusement. It is a form of praise, worship and a way to experience interconnectedness through motion.

The drum

The drum has played a huge role in the Native American ceremony and culture as well as becoming as icon of their people. Drums have been used for thousands of years in every country for healing, dancing, chanting and singing. The drum becomes an extension of the drummer through use, love, vibration and even the oil from the hands that is absorbed.

Powwow vocabulary

Saganing: By the lake/At the lake
Pinconning: The place of many potatoes
Sagamok: Cross roads
Zhuna: Money
Chi Miigwetch: Thank you
Daga: Please
Aaniin ezhi-ayaayan?: How are you?
Boozhoo: Hello


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