September 17, 2014

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe holds powwow

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Members of the Ogitchedaw Veteran and Warrior Society prepare to walk the flags and staffs for the powwow.
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Shirley Tipkey of Port Huron is prepared to take part in the tribal dance.
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Dancers wearing traditional clothes walk to the waiting area before the dance starts.
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From left, Noah Walter, 6, Andrew Walter, 3, and Mike Walter all await the start of the traditional dance at the powwow.
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Melissa Johnson of Blanchard draws butterfly patterns on a piece of silver for the silversmith to turn into jewelry at one of the vendor booths.
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By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH TWP. — The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe held its fourth annual Honoring Saganing Traditional Powwow June 2-3 at the powwow grounds near the Saganing Tribal Center.

According to Tribe Councilwoman Michele Stanley, the powwows used to be held in Chesaning, but were moved to Arenac County to bring in a new event for local residents to come and enjoy.

She said this year the tribe added electricity and water service to the powwow grounds for campers to take advantage of. She anticipated about 300 visitors each day.

Stanley said it was not a competitive powwow; traditional powwows do not feature a dance contest. Tribe Chaplain Steve Pego said an MC would be on hand to explain the dances to attendees unfamiliar with them.

The powwow ran from 10 a.m. until sundown both days, and features vendors, food, traditional dancing, and traditional music.

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