Great turnout for powwow

GRAND ENTRY–at the 44th annual Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s (KBIC) Maawanj’iding (Powwow) where the crowd was asked to rise to its feet as Host Drum Midnite Express began the beat and Head Male and Female Dancers Joseph and Rebecca Mousseau and Head Veteran Dancer Ken Funmaker Jr. led the brightly and beautifully clad dancers into the arena.

by Melissa Newland
Being welcomed onto the grounds of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s (KBIC) Ojibwa Campgrounds during its annual  Maawanj’iding (Powwow) to join in on the celebration is always an honor and a moving experience for those attending and the 44th annual this past weekend was no exception. With beautiful weather
all three days, 608 registered dancers colorfully dressed in detailed handmade regalia, 11 drums, and more than 40 craft and food vendors, there was much to take in during the festive gathering.
“To learn about the Native American culture is wonderful,” said attendee Rene’ Lehto. “It is always very emotional watching the Grand Entry and an honor to be welcome into the celebration and be involved.” To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.