Ron Wittenberg (Tribal Councilor at Little River Band of Ottawa Indians) during Grand Entry. Native News Online photographs by Levi Rickert
Published September 8, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The 57th Annual Traditional Grand Valley Indian Lodge Powwow kicked off on Saturday afternoon with a grand entry with dozens of dancers entering the dance arena on the banks of the Grand River at Riverside Park, north of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Saturday afternoon’s Grand Entry
The Grand Valley Indian Lodge hosts the annual powwow, which is the final outdoor powwow of the year. Organizers of the powwow say the event contributes to the understanding between cultures and helps to educate the general population about Native American heritage.
The powwow continues on Sunday with the Grand Entry beginning at 12 noon.
Two-year-old Azriel Shannanaquet (Saginaw Chippewa/Dine’/Pueblo) sits at drum. His grandmother tells Native News Online, Azriel has been exposed to the drum since he was six months old.
Moderate temperatures brought out a large crowd all around the dance arena.
Rev. Mike Peters (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa) is the leader of 4 Fires Ministries.
Powwow attendees were treated to American Indian fare, such as fry bread, Indian Tacos, wild rice, and rainbow trout.
Dancers assemble just prior to Grand Entry.
Christopher Shawa (Odawa) has been dancing since he was a toddler.