Photographer releases legacy project highlighting Tribal members, history

Photographer Sharon Hoogstraten spent twelve years photographing members of the Potawatomi nations across North America dancing in their regalia to create an heirloom book, Dancing for Our Tribe. The book documents Potawatomi regalia as a “current art” while also telling Potawatomi stories of the past and present. She hopes it will inspire tribal members to create their own regalia.

Applique Pillow Case Class

Please note, RSVPs to are REQUIRED to attend. On Tuesday, November 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., learn how to make a pair of standard pillow cases embellished with an applique design. Participants must be 18 or older and will need to supply their own fabric/notions.

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 Class is free and open to those 18 and older.

Open Cultural Sewing Class

Have an ongoing sewing or beading project that you need help on? Attend our Open Sewing Classes. Cultural Activities Coordinator, Leslie Deer, will be on hand to offer her assistance! Classes are: Tuesday, November 16, 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, December 1, 2-3 p.m.

Tips for making regalia

Wanting to make her own regalia to dance at Family Reunion Festival, Tribal member Reva Wolf began sewing 10 years ago after taking an applique class at the Cultural Heritage Center.

Tips to prepare for Grand Entry

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Family Reunion Festival serves as an opportunity for Tribal members to learn and participate in Potawatomi culture, and the Saturday evening powwow is the highlight of the weekend.

Gallery remembers the Potawatomi Trail of Death

Amidst an era of increased expansion by non-Native settlers into the United States’ western frontiers, a single piece of legislation codified federal policy on the topic of removing tribal people from their lands. On May 28, 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act into law. This legislation authorized the federal government to forcibly Read More »

Heritage Center offers culture, history during Festival

Tribal members and families can experience the recently renovated Cultural Heritage Center during Family Reunion Festival 2018. In January, the CHC wrapped up nearly four years of renovations and revealed 11 new exhibits. Each section takes visitors through Potawatomi historical eras starting with pre-European contact through the 21st century. “If you are a Tribal member Read More »