Baraga welcomes annual Pow Wow

Thousands of people will be celebrating Native American culture this weekend.  ABC 10’s Keweenaw Bureau Reporter Rick Allen has a preview of this year’s Pow Wow.

The 35th Annual Pow Wow, the traditional gathering of Native Americans and celebrated by all, has arrived at the Ojibwe Campground in Baraga. For members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and their relatives, it’s like a family reunion.

KBIC Pow Wow Committee Member Rodney Loonsfoot says, “It (the Pow Wow) just grabs a hold of our individual and our community identity of who we are as Anishinaabe, as Ojibwa people from this area.  And it’s kind of neat to be able see everybody come together and laugh and giggle and stuff and it’s all day long, and the visiting and making new friends.”

Between 3,000 and 5,000 visitors will find 37 different vendors, including 14 food vendors serving everything from Indian Tacos to delicious Fry Bread.

Loonsfoot says, “Tomorrow morning about nine or ten o’clock is going to be our 2013 Fry Bread Championship of the World, our contest that we have for the adults and then also a special category for the youths.”

Other highlights include traditional dancing and hand drums, and the amazing Grand Entrys.

This year’s theme is Revitalizing Our Family and Our Community, so everyone is invited to come and enjoy the weekend.