The annual powwow is the main event of Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s summertime Family Reunion Festival. Several powwow rules regarding clothing, personal space and dancing exist. Knowing these expectations makes participating more comfortable and fun.
Haskell Indian Nations University held Keeping Legends Alive in September 2018 to celebrate two big occasions in the school’s history: the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and Haskell’s 1926 Indian Celebration, which included a huge powwow to dedicate the university’s football stadium and archway.
The powwow season is fast approaching, including the big kick off event at Gathering of Nations in New Mexico which is the unofficial start of the summer. If you’re not a dancer, that doesn’t mean you can’t sing or drum though. FireLake Gift Shop has hand drum kits available now to get you started with Read More »
Catherine Katie Howell, a 15-year old Tecumseh, Oklahoma resident, had the honor of being named head female dancer for the Gathering of Potawatomi Nations this year in Carter, Wisconsin. What was it like to be head dancer this year? “I’m from Oklahoma and nobody really knows me here in Wisconsin. It is such an honor Read More »
The week we were in Forest County Potawatomi Country went so fast because we were constantly kept busy by our hosts – learning the Native language and history of the Potawatomi in Wisconsin; staying in a Northwoods log cabin; making Native crafts and eating all the delicious food provided. It included the heady scent Read More »
This week’s FireLake Gifts featured items of the week are hand-crafted CPN Seal Beaded Medallions, each with unique designs and colors. The medallions are worn on special occasions, whether it’s a powwow or graduation ceremony, and make great gift items for birthdays and anniversaries. These items can be seen on our website soon, but Read More »
As the end of powwow season approaches, we look back at the bicentennial edition of the Hownikan published in June, 1975 which promoted that year’s powwow, termed then “Potawatomi Day.” The program notes that a general council meeting would be held at St. Gregory’s College where the election of a chairman and two business council Read More »
Coby Lehman photographed by Sharon Hoogstraten. The man waving the white towel is how many Festival-goers know Arena Director Coby Lehman. Positioned ahead of the CPN Veterans Color Guard, Lehman’s signal is what begins Grand Entry at the annual CPN Family Festival Powwow. Lehman has served as the arena director following several years of winning Read More »
During the Family Reunion Festival, Powwow Arena Director Coby Lehman instructs participants on proper etiquette and what is acceptable to wear inside the arena. Lehman often passes out pamphlets that thoroughly explain proper powwow attire. While trying to adhere to these standards may seem daunting, the Cultural Heritage Center and FireLake Gift Shop can provide Read More »
CPN has more than 2000 employees in its various enterprises and governmental departments. Some are Potawatomi, others are non-tribal or from other federally recognized tribes. Employee Leslie Deer has been with CPN for more than 15 years, working in many different departments. Deer is a Production Assistant for the Tribal Heritage Productions Department. Along Read More »