On February 20, the Significance Creative Workshop was held at the Dowagiac Area History Museum. Seven participants worked on poems, essays, and short memoirs, along with 4” X 4” canvases, all with the theme of Significance: Culture, Tradition, Location, Relationship. The goal is to have as many writing and art entries as possible from community members of all ages ready for display at the Epilogue Feast on May 19.
Leave No Trace
ThePokagon Band DNR provided a hands-on workshop and presentation about respecting our Mother Earth. This was held in conjunction with the quarterly Gwikwé’amen on March 5. There were 54 participants. One Story also had an informational booth at this event to promote the program and the creative art project that is running this season.
The 1893 Columbian Exposition Presentation
On April 6th, World’s Fair Enthusiast, Karen Nicholson, presented to an audience of 104 participants about the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair where Simon Pokagon spoke. This event was held at the Dowagiac Area History Museum.
The Epilogue Feast held on May 19th. The purpose of the event was to close the One Story 2016 season in a celebratory and educational way. We had a traditional Native American feast, Kyle Malott, Language Apprentice, spoke about his experience learning the Bodewadmi Language in Crandon, Wisconsin, writers shared stories they had written for the Significance project, the Significance art project was unveiled, and then a drum and dance demonstration “mini pow wow” was presented. The Department of Language and Culture participated in a huge way as organizers and as participants in this event. Jefferson Ballew emceed the demonstration and used the opportunity to educate the public about pow wow etiquette and to help them understand the meaning behind regalia and dance styles.
New Works of the Potawatomi: A Survey of Traditional + Contemporary Art Practices
In February, the New Works of the Potawatomi Art Gallery Show opened to the public. This is housed at the Southwestern Michigan College Lyons’ Building Art Gallery. The show will run through March 17, with an open house reception immediately following John Low’s book discussion and signing.
Imprints: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and the City of Chicago
Pokagon Band citizen and author, John Low, spoke to 75 audience members at Southwestern Michigan College on March 17. He explained the historical significance of the area that is now called Chicago. He also spoke of Leopold Pokagon’s and Simon Pokagon’s involvement with the city. The Department of Education provided complimentary copies of Imprints to participants for Mr. Low to sign.
Spring Into Your Local Library
Early Childhood Education, Project LAUNCH, Dowagiac District Library, and One Story hosted a digital storytelling workshop featuring nDigiDreams. Parents, grandparents, and all caregivers were encouraged to register for the workshop in order to create videos about personal parenting experiences. The workshop was held at the Pokagon Band Department of Education from April 19 – 22. Everyone was welcome to attend the video reveal at Spring Into Your Local Library on Saturday, April 23 at the Dowagiac District Library.
Archaeology of the North American Fur Trade
This presentation was held at the Dowagiac Area History Museum on March 2. Dr. Nassaney from Western Michigan University spoke to 62 participants about the history of the fur trade between the French, Native Americans, and others. He then shared with the audience about the excavation of different localarchaeological sites and what they are discovering from the findings at those locations.
New Works of the Potawatomi Art Gallery Reception
A gallery show of a variety of work done by Potawatomi artists was held at the Lyons’ Art Gallery at Southwestern Michigan College from February 16-March 17. Due to inclement weather, the opening reception was postponed to coincide with John Low’s presentation on March 17. The 75 participants who were present for the author presentation also participated in the gallery reception. The purpose of the art show was to show the public that although much of Native American art work is recognizable as being “Native American,” there are many native artists who are doing creative work that is modern and may not fit the stereotypical idea of Native America.
Pokagon Band Historic Bus Tour
The Pokagon Band Historic Bus Tour occurred on May 13. Fifty-four participants toured the Niles, Michigan and Silver Creek Township areas to learn about significant events in the history of the Pokagon Band. Marcus Winchester, Director of Language and Culture, acted as our tour guide. Participants were provided with a packet, including a map created specifically for this event by GIS Specialist, Matthew Bussler, and Graphic Designer, Beth Salman. This event was truly a collaboration beyond the One Story Committee.