KBIC Maawanji’iding this week

BARAGA – The 38th annual Keweenaw Bay Maawanji’iding, a cultural community celebration better known as Powwow, starts this week in Baraga.

Drummers and dancers from Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and other tribes keep people entertained with traditional song and dance performances from Friday to Sunday, amid a wide variety of vendors who will set up shop at the Ojibwa Campground and Recreation Area where the powwow grounds are.

The KBIC sponsored celebration kicks off Thursday, with a 6 a.m. lighting of the sacred fire, 10 a.m. traditional teachings, and noon feast and ground blessing.

The real fun starts when vendor alley opens at noon Friday, where from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rich Pethtel will demonstrate wood carving. Traditional teachings will be at 10 a.m. with the festive Grand Entry at 7 p.m. A Junior Miss Keweenaw Bay Princess dance exhibition and crowning of the Miss Keweenaw Bay Princess will follow.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, youth and adults are invited to the fry bread contest. Grand Entry will be at 1 p.m. and honor tribal elders. Jody Gaskin will play the flute during the 5 p.m. dinner break. After another Grand Entry at 7, the youth two-step championship and Midnight Two-Step Championship conclude the day’s events.

On Sunday, the Grand Entry will be at noon. The traditional Give Away at 5 p.m. will close this year’s powwow events.