First Public Event at Jijak Camp in Hopkins
HOPKINS, MICHIGAN—The Gun Lake Tribe’s non-profit cultural program, the Jijak Foundation, is hosting the first official powwow since the Tribe became federally re-acknowledged. Jijak Camp, the host site, is a newly renovated campus located one mile south of Hopkins, Michigan.
This is a Jijak Camp “open house” for the public. Recently constructed amenities include: an open-air dance arena; traditional sugarhouse for maple syrup production; gardens with rare Native crops; and other resources at the regional education center.
Events over the two-day period will include: cultural ceremonies; sobriety walks; pow-wow grand entries; honoring veterans, elders and youth; drum and dance contests; canoe and horseshoe competitions. Native American vendors from across the Great Lakes region will offer native foods, arts, and jewelry.
More information at www.jijak.org.
Sweet Grass Moon Powwow, a cultural celebration of Pottawatomi traditions. The general public and news media are welcome. This event is free of charge.
Saturday, July 11, 2015 gates open at 9 a.m.; 1 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. powwow. Sunday, July 12, 2015 gates open at 9 a.m.; 12 noon – 4:30 p.m. pow-wow.
Jijak Camp, 2558 20th St. Hopkins, Michigan