38th Homecoming of Three Fires Powwow Attracts Thousands

Veterans led Grand Entry into dance arena.


Published June 10, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS – Under bright blue skies, mid-80 temperatures and a nice breeze the 38th Homecoming of the Three Fires Traditiaonal Powwow kicked off on Saturday along the banks of the Grand River at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The aroma of fry bread filled powwow grounds as thousands celebrated with the three tribes unique to the region — Ojibwe, Ottawa and Potawatomi — as they came together to honor their heritage with drumming and dance.

The powwow demonstrates the staying power of the three tribes that are vibrant in Michigan.

The powwow continues on Sunday with the grand entry at 12 noon. The powwow is free with ample parking at Riverside Park on Monroe Avenue, north of downtown Grand Rapids.

Native News Online photos by Levi Rickert.

Green sisters from Howard City, Michigan

Dancing to celebrate heritage.

Mike Medawis (Ottawa/Potawatomi) with Lookout Hill – host drum.

Vibrant flags on display to honor country and military service.



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