Honoring Native Heritage Pow Wow at Michigan’s Heritage Park in Whitehall
Contact: Joni Dorsett
There will be dancing, drumming, and singing at a traditional Pow Wow July 16 and 17 at Michigan’s Heritage Park in Whitehall. This is the first outdoor Pow Wow to be held in Muskegon County in over 10 years.
Park visitors will see traditional dancers, fancy shawl dancers, jingle dress dancers, and grass dancers. In addition, visitors can participate in some of the dances. Native drummers and singers will perform throughout the weekend. Trade booths will offer such items for sale as jewelry, handmade crafts, and bead work. Traditional Native food will be available for purchase including fry bread and soups.
The Grand Entries are at Noon and 6:30 pm on Saturday and at Noon on Sunday – the park opens at 10:00 am both days. The lead Pow Wow participants include Host Drum: Rizing Bear, Head Male Dancer: Marty Wabindato, Head Female Dancer: Teresa Johnson, Head Youth Dancer: Bishop Davis, and Emcee: Vern Ainsworth.
A gentle paved half-mile trail winds through the park with interactive encounters along the way. Historic stops include a Native American Village, Fur Trader’s Post, Civil War Camp, 1900s Farmhouse, and a Civilian Conservation Corp. site. A chicken coop was added this spring and visitors will find chickens near the farmhouse. There are costumed interpreters throughout the park and visitors will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on activities at some of the stops.
Michigan’s Heritage Park, a site of the Lakeshore Museum Center, is located in Whitehall at 8637 North Durham Road with easy access from US 31 at exit 128. The park is located just north of the Whitehall Comfort Inn.
Please note, for the Pow Wow event, the park hours are 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Saturday, July 16 and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday, July 17. Normal park hours: Thursday through Monday from 10:00 am to 4.00 pm. On Sundays, the hours are 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Admission for adults and teens is $10, seniors (65 and older) $8, and youth (2 – 12) $5. For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org or call 231-894-0342.