Language update: May 2022

The May 2022 language update highlights the Department’s preparations for Family Reunion Festival, work on children’s books, and a variety of class offerings at local schools and online.

Native fashion makes headlines, brings Indigenous beauty to forefront

In a time of fast fashion when customers often wear runway-inspired items a few times and discard them, many Indigenous designers and producers focus on creating unique pieces that stand the test of trends. Designer Leslie Deer, who is also the Cultural Activities Coordinator at CPN’s Cultural Heritage Center, prefers to make timeless pieces.

Language Update: April 2022

The April language update recaps the Winter Storytelling Event held in March, and tells about maple syruping, a process traditionally undertaken in April.

Lewis family history

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Cultural Heritage Center provides resources to keep the Tribe’s history safe and accessible for generations to come. One key way the Nation does this is through the CHC’s archives and video interviews. The Hownikan features histories of founding families each month. This article traces Wesley Lewis through freight hauling and service in the U.S. Army to his family’s impact on the establishment of present-day Wanette, Oklahoma.

Cotton Wrap Skirt with Applique Class

Please note, RSVPs to chcculturalactivities@potawatomi.org are REQUIRED to attend. Learn how to make a simple, cotton wrap skirt with applique on November 2 from 5:15 to 8:45 p.m. Participants must be 18 or older and will be required to furnish their own material.

Cotton Wrap Skirt with Applique Class – CLASS FULL

Learn how to make a simple cotton wrap skirt with applique on October 19 from 5:15 to 8:45 p.m. RSVPs are REQUIRED to attend. Reserve your spot by emailing chcculturalactivities@potawatomi.org Class is free and open to those 18 and older.

Beaded Necklace Pendant Class – CLASS FULL

Learn how to make a beaded necklace pendant using the two-needle applique technique on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please note, RSVP is REQUIRED to attend. Reserve your spot by emailing chcculturalactivities@potawatomi.org. Class is free and open to those 18 and older.

Beaded Earring Class

Learn to make a pair of beaded earrings with two needle applique technique on September 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Must be 18 or over, and all supplies will be provided. Please note, RSVP is REQUIRED to attend, and space is very limited. Email chcculturalactivities@potawatomi.org to reserve your spot.    

Community Garden Work Party

The community garden work parties are a great opportunity to learn about and participate in the planting, growing, maintaing and harvesting of heritage crops and native plants.  Attend Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. or Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon all summer! Please note, the Garden Work Party scheduled for 4-6 on July 27 Read More »

1821 Treaty of Chicago’s bicentennial

Aug. 29 marks the 1821 Treaty of Chicago’s 200th anniversary. The agreement between the United States, Ottawa, Chippewa and Potawatomi included the cessation of almost 4 million acres of Native land and forever impacted the tribes’ hold in the Great Lakes region.