- By Levi Rickert
DOUGLAS, Mich. — American Indian drumming could be heard a couple of blocks away from the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center on a beautiful West Michigan summer Saturday afternoon in the small village of Douglas, Mich., an art community located 40 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.
The Iron Bear drum was on hand for the “Creative Spark - Celebration of the Bodewadmi (Potawatomi) Tribe” program. Several dancers were also present to demonstrate their skills as traditional dancers before a mostly non-Native audience who came out Saturday to learn about the Potawatomi culture.
Emcee Jason Wesaw (Pokagon Potawatomi) told the audience to observe how the dancers put their feet down gently as they danced.
“See how the dancers flow with the beat of the drum leaving their gentle footprints on Mother Earth,” Wesaw said.
Visitors to the event were able to purchase Indian tacos and fry breard. They also were able to see some Potawatomi artisans who were present to demonstrate their traditional art techniques.
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