Native Americans, including Potawatomi, have used beading as an art form long before European contact. Many today adorn their regalia with wonderful patterns and meaningful beaded pieces. It’s never too late to learn this beautiful tradition.
Potawatomi use and wear plumage with honor and reverence. Tribal oral tradition says “the eagle delivers a message to the Creator that people on this earth are still doing the right thing, so the sun comes up and the Earth lives another day,” according to Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Chairman John “Rocky” Barrett in his Read More »
As the Citizen Potawatomi Nation has grown in recent years, concerns about Potawatomi traditions and practices have come to the forefront in many conversations amongst Tribal members. Though many traditions are passed down from family elders, those living twenty first century lifestyles may feel like it’s a difficult task to adhere to practices developed Read More »
According to a 1973 art history book by the Flint Institute of Arts, archaeologists have excavated burial grounds in the Great Lakes area containing pottery, jewelry and ornaments indicating skilled artists and techniques prior to the arrival of the Europeans. The burial grounds date as far back as the 200 BCE to 500 CE Hopewell Read More »
For the next several months I will be writing about different traditional Potawatomi values. I will start out by saying that no one person has all the answers when it comes to traditional beliefs. Sometimes the way to learn more about the Tribe and our ways is to talk to different people. There are many Read More »
Festival is right around the corner and by the time you receive this edition it will be here. First I would like to share some of the exciting accomplishments of the CPN Child Development Center children who are taught by the Language Instructor Randy Schlachtun. We are very proud of Randy and the kids’ accomplishments Read More »