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CPN Family Reunion Festival offers up language, culture

The Family Reunion Festival hosts several language and cultural classes for adults and children. In addition to having the opportunity to meet with extended Potawatomi family, festival guests can learn CPN language, discover beading or make a pair of moccasins just to name a few.

“We offer several classes during festival so that people who may only make it to Shawnee once a year can take part of our culture home with them,” said Kelli Mosteller, director, Cultural Heritage Center. “There are classes for adults and children and any skill level is welcome and encouraged to attend.”

Here is a list of classes to help you plan your time. Adult classes are best suited for adults and youth ages 14 and up. Children’s classes are best suited for youth less than 14 years old.

Adult classes on Friday

9 a.m.

Quill Earring Making Class—Cultural Heritage Center (until noon)
Shawl/Fringing Class—Cultural Heritage Center (charge to buy a blank shawl/free to watch) (until noon)
Beadwork Class—Cultural Heritage Center (until noon)
Appliqué Class—Cultural Heritage Center (until noon)
Moccasin Making Class—Cultural Heritage Center (until 1:00) ($35/$40 for supplies-limited to first15 people)
Feather Painting—Pow wow grounds North Reunion Hall (until noon)
Gourd Painting—Pow wow grounds North Reunion Hall (until noon)
Founding Family Film Festival – Cultural Heritage Center (until noon)

10 a.m.

Woodcarving Demonstration-Cultural Heritage Center (until noon)
Flute Playing Demonstration & Flute Showcase—Cultural Heritage Center (until noon)

1 p.m.

Quill Earring Making Class—Cultural Heritage Center (until 4:00)
Shawl/Fringing Class—Cultural Heritage Center (charge to buy a blank shawl/free to watch) (until 4:00)
Beadwork Class—Cultural Heritage Center (until 4:00)
Appliqué Class—Cultural Heritage Center (until 4:00)
Feather Painting—Pow wow grounds North Reunion Hall (until 4:00)
Gourd Painting—Pow wow grounds North Reunion Hall (until 4:00)

2 p.m.

Woodcarving Demonstration—Cultural Heritage Center (until 4:00)
Flute Playing Demonstration & Flute Showcase—Cultural Heritage Center (until 4:00)

5 p.m.

Immersion Potawatomi Language Class—North Reunion Hall (until 6:00 p.m.)

Children classes on Friday

8:30 a.m.

Children’s Fingerprinting – South Reunion Hall (until 5:30 p.m.)

9 a.m.

Youth Arts & Crafts (until 11:30 a.m.) – Tribal Headquarters
Feather Painting—Pow wow grounds North Reunion Hall (until noon)

10 a.m.

Coloring Contest 3-10 yrs. old – Tribal HQs

1 p.m.

Youth Arts & Crafts (until 4:00 p.m.) – Tribal Headquarters
Children’s Activities (14 & under)- Tribal HQs. –
Feather Painting—Pow wow grounds North Reunion Hall (until 4:00)

5 p.m.

Immersion Potawatomi Language Class—North Reunion Hall (until 6:00 p.m.)

Adult Classes on Saturday

8 a.m.

Fry Bread Making Demonstration – Pow Wow Grounds

8:30 a.m.

Arrow Making Demonstration – archery area west of Pow Wow Grounds

9 a.m.

Quill Earring Making Class—Cultural Heritage Center (until noon)
Shawl/Fringing Class—Cultural Heritage Center (charge to buy a blank shawl/free to watch) (until noon)
Beadwork Class—Cultural Heritage Center (until noon)
Appliqué Class—Cultural Heritage Center (until noon)
Moccasin Making Class—Cultural Heritage Center (until 1:00) $35/$40 for supplies-limited to first15 people)
Feather Painting—Pow wow grounds North Reunion Hall (until noon)
Gourd Painting—Pow wow grounds North Reunion Hall (until noon)

10 a.m.

Woodcarving Demonstration—Cultural Heritage Center
Flute Playing Demonstration & Flute Showcase—Cultural Heritage Center

1 p.m.

Woodcarving Demonstration—Cultural Heritage Center (until 2:30)
Flute Playing Demonstration & Flute Showcase—Cultural Heritage Center (until 2:30)

Children classes on Saturday

9 a.m.

Feather Painting—Pow wow grounds North Reunion Hall (until noon)

12:30 p.m.

Feather Painting—Pow wow grounds North Reunion Hall (until 4:00)

1 p.m.

Youth Arts & Crafts (until 4:00 p.m.) – Tribal Headquarters

5 p.m.

Immersion Potawatomi Language Class—North Reunion Hall (until 6:00 p.m.)