2013-03-14 / Lifestyles

150 celebration boasts Native American event

Seeks tribal members to participate in event

ESCANABA – Escanaba’s Sesquicentennial Celebration will now boast a Native American Awareness celebration. The event is scheduled for July 11 and will showcase Native American culture in the community.

“This very special event will feature both equal parts entertainment and education. The colors, music and dancers will be a joy for children and adults,” said Kay Johnson, co-chair of the Sesquicentennial Celebration.

In addition to drummers and dancers, the event will feature craft and food vendors featuring Native American items. Tribal members from throughout the Upper Peninsula will be invited to take part in the event.

“Native American history and Escanaba’s history are intertwined, and having tribal members not only join in our celebration but be one of its shining stars is special,” Johnson said. “Showcasing this ceremony to residents and visitors alike is a great gift to the city, and we can’t thank tribal members enough.” Johnson said.

Susie Meshigaud, director of Hannahville Potawatomi Indian Community Department of Health and Human Services, said the drumming and dancing are valuable and profound parts of the Native American culture.

“It’s almost a chicken and egg kind of thing. We’re not sure what comes first, the dancing or the drumming,” she said. “The dancers need the drummers, and the drummers need the dancers. They become one.”

The Native American celebration will take place from 2-5 p.m., near the Karas Band Shell in Ludington Park. It will conclude with the presentation of a small gift to all those attending.

The tribal members will also be part of the opening parade for the Sesquicentennial Celebration, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 5.

For more information, go to www.esky150.org.

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