2014 Cultural Workshops and Activities

  

Hand Drum Making

Make your own traditional hand drum with Frank Sprague.   Frank is a Gun Lake tribal citizen and has been an active cultural educator, fire-keeper and artist, serving Neshnabe communities throughout the region for over twenty years.  This will be an amazing opportunity to learn hands-on and create a beautiful piece of your own artwork.   Preregistration is available and highly recommended for this workshop.  Each session is limited to 30 participants.

Dates and Times :  Thursday, August 7, 9am - 12pm (Session 1)

                                  Friday, August 8, 9am - 12pm (Session 2)

Venue:                      Tegomesh Tent at Jijak

Repatriating Ancestors in Michigan

  Shannon Martin, Gun lake Tribal Citizen and Director of the Ziibiwing Center in Mt. Pleasant, and Jeff Chivis, THPO Officer for Huron Potawatomi, will present a talk and video on the efforts of Michigan Tribes to bring home and properly tend to the remains of Neshnabek ancestors from the collections of universities and museums across the United States.   Come and learn about this important work.   Preregistration is not required.

Dates and Times : Saturday, August 9, 10 am - 12 pm

Venue:  Recreation Building

Cordage, Textiles and Traditional Fibers

   Learn how to prepare and use basswood fiber (wigbish) and other wild plant and tree fibers for making string, cords and rope.  These fibers have long been an important part of our Pottawatomi textile tradition which includes making woven bags, mats, sashes, fishing nets and much more.  In this workshop, led by Jijak and Gun Lake Language and Cultural staff, participants will select and harvest a basswood tree, learn to prepare the fibers and how to properly twist cord in the hand and on the leg.   This is a great activity for all ages.  Preregistration is not required

Dates and Times :  Friday, August 8, 2 pm - 3 pm 

Venue:  Teaching Pavillion

Black Ash Basketry

Join three generations of Pigeon family basket makers to discover the process of making a beautiful Pottawatomi basket.   Black ash basketry has long been an important part of our community’s rich cultural legacy.   Participants will learn how to prepare splints, weave and leave with a completed basket.  Preregistration is available and highly recommended for this workshop.  Each session is limited to 40 participants.   Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dates and Times :  Saturday, August 9, 9am - 12pm (Session 1)

                                  Saturday, August 9, 1pm - 4 pm (Session 2)

Venue:  Wisgak Tent

Wild Rice Camp

Over the past few years our community has been working to revitalize our relationship with manomen (wild rice).  These efforts have included working toward restoring our historical rice beds, relearning traditional knowledge of wild rice and engaging in annual community rice harvests and processing camps.  The rice camp workshops will include hands-on instruction in parching, dancing and winnowing manomen.  This is a great activity for all ages.   You do not have to be at a whole session to attend, as this is an ongoing activity. Preregistration is not required

Dates and Times :  Thursday, August 7, 12pm - 5pm

                                  Friday, August 8, 9am - 12pm

                                  Saturday, August 9, 9am - 5pm

Venue:   Nenetek Tent

Damnabo - Traditional Corn Soup

George Martin will lead a hands-on workshop on traditional corn soup making.   Participants will learn how to use and prepare wood ash to cook our traditional corn grown at Jijak by our tribal citizens.   The workshop will also share traditional teachings about working with corn as an animate, living and sacred food.  This is a great activity for all ages.  Preregistration is not required.

Dates and Times :  Saturday, August 9, 9am - 12pm


Venue:   Tegomesh Tent

Jijak Garden and Sovereign Foods Program Tour

Join our Gteganes Tribal Garden staff for a tour of our garden and food sovereignty program.   Learn about how we are working to preserve, protect and revitalize traditional Pottawatomi seeds and to create healthy food systems for our community, based upon traditional knowledge and values.  This is a great activity for all ages.  Preregistration is not required.

Dates and Times :  Friday, August 8, 10am - 11am


Venue:   Jijak Garden

Bodewadmi Tree and Plant Forest Tour

Learn about how many specific trees and plants helped provide for our ancestors everyday needs.   On this tour of the beautiful forests and wetlands at Jijak, led by Jijak Foundation staff, we will explore the traditional roles of dozens of wild plants and trees from a variety of unique habitats.  If you are attending this workshop, please bring appropriate footwear for woods walking and a water bottle.   This is a great activity for all ages.  Preregistration is not required.

Dates and Times :  Friday, August 8, 1pm - 2pm


Venue:  Meet at the Teaching Pavilion

Porcupine Quillwork on Birch Bark

Punkin Shananaquet, Gun Lake Tribal Citizen, will provide a hands on workshop on creating beautiful works of art on birch bark with porcupine quills and sweetgrass.   Participants will each make a quilled medallion.   Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.    Preregistration is not required.

Dates and Times :  Thursday, August 7, 1pm - 3pm


Venue:  Gishki Tent

Sunrise Ceremonies

We will begin each day with sunrise ceremonies, songs and teachings at 6:30 am at the sacred fire pavilion next to the arena.    Join us to begin the day in a good and beautiful way.

  

Dates and Times :  Thursday to Sunday, 6:30 am - 7:30 am

Venue:                      Sacred Fire Pavilion

Fire Teachings

As Bodewadmi people we are keepers of the fire.   Join us every morning after sunrise ceremonies for traditional teachings regarding this very special and  sacred gift and responsibility.

Dates and Times :  Thursday to Sunday, 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Venue:                      Sacred Fire Pavilion

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Bodewadmi Zisbakdokewen - Traditional Maple Sugaring

Sugarbush has long been an important seasonal activity for our community.   Join Zisbakwet Ogema, Gun Lake Sugar Chief, Junson Bush  and the Jijak staff for a tour of our new sugarhouse and teachings about traditional sugaring.  Participants will learn about old time Pottawatomi sugaring tools and techniques, sugaring language and have the opportunity to make zisbakwet, granulated maple sugar, in a traditional log trough using a maple paddle.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  Preregistration is not required.

Dates and Times :  Thursday, August 7, 9 am - 12 pm


Venue:  Sugarhouse

Traditional Michigan Pottawatomi Songs & Dances

Join John Bush of Gun Lake and Marcus Winchester of Pokagon Band for a workshop and discussion on old time Pottawatomi songs and dances.   John will be sharing and teaching a number of dances which were once common in this area, but now are rarely performed.   On Thursday evening, we will have a talking circle where participants can share memories about old time powwows, dances and songs.   On Friday, John will lead a workshop to teach some specific dances.   Preregistration is not required.

Dates and Times :  Thursday, August 7, 7pm - 8pm (talking circle)

                                  Friday, August 8, 10 am - 12 pm (workshop)


Venue:  Gishki Tent

Moccasin Game

Frank Barker, Gun Lake Tribe, will teach about how to play moccasin game.   After the teachings and basic instruction about game play and rules, he will lead participants in playing the game.   Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.   Preregistration is not required.

Dates and Times :  Saturday, August 9, 1 pm - 3 pm


Venue:  Tegomesh Tent

Canoe Poling Class and Competiton

   Guiding a canoe with a 20 foot long tamarack push pole while standing up is a special challenge.  It is a traditional skill long used in harvesting wild rice and was once the way our Pottawatomi ancestors navigated upstream though rivers and light rapids.   In this class lead by Roger Labine, participants will learn how to use a push pole to propel and steer a canoe on open water.  Once everyone has learned the basic, Roger will set up a team challenge, canoe obstacle coarse on the lake.   Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Preregistration is not required

Dates and Times : Friday, August 8, 1 pm - 3 pm

Venue: Lake / Beach

Old Style Lacrosse & Bishkowe Games

   Come join us for an old style game of Lacrosse for the men and a bishkowe game for the women.  Traditional sticks and modern safety gear will be provided for players.  Be a part of bringing back these old time traditional Pottawatomi sports as our nations come together for the first time in many years to collectively play them.  

Dates and Times :  Saturday, August 9, 1 pm - 2 pm (lacrosse - men)

                             Saturday, August 9, 2 pm - 3 pm (bishkowe - women)

Venue: Field to the North of the Powwow Arena

Making Cattail Wigwam Mats

   Cattail mats are the covering for a winter wigwam (pekyegen).   They are made of long broad cattail leaves sewn together with a large curved needle made from the rib bone of an elk or bison.   The mats are insulating, waterproof and the individual leaves expand and contract with humidity to allow for natural self-regulating ventilation.  Participants will learn about proper cattail harvesting and help assemble and help sew a mat.

Dates and Times :  Friday, August 8, 1 pm - 5pm

Venue: Wigwam

Evening Acoustic Open Jam Sessiom

   Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, harmonica and your singing voice and join us for an old timey acoustic jam session in our rustic sugarhouse.   All musicians and admirers of good ramblin acoustic music are welcome to come and join the fun.

Dates and Times : Friday, August 8, begins at 8:00 pm

Venue: Rec. Sugarhouse

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