Community Pow Wow Held at Black Bear Casino Resort

Amy Adamle
Created: January 13, 2018 06:36 PM

It's a celebration of the Native American culture, but the Gichi Manidoo Giizis Pow Wow also has a bigger meaning. 

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"The purpose of the pow wow is taking care of the land and community," Tansey Smith, a climate change specialist for the 1854 Treaty Authority said. 

It' hosted by the Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College and it teaches, while bringing the community together.

"I think it's a source of information for the community and the public to be able to come together and learn about different organizations and just celebrate who we are," Smith said. 

With issues like the environment and health at the forefront every day, it's an opportunity for community members to get first hand information.

"There's a lot of culture and traditions, but also with all the ways its evolving, Fond Du Lac is using it as an avenue as a way to inform everybody that it's a leader in a lot of different ways as far as environmental protection goes," Leslie Gibbs, the emcee of the pow wow. 

Different state, federal, and tribal organizations like the 1854 Treaty Authority are set up to teach.

"Let them know that we have a climate change adaptation plan and vulnerability assessment which we are now implementing," Smith said.

The powwow also honors old traditions.

"The songs that are heard here are hundreds of years old and some of the drums are just as old too," Gibbs. 

They also work on inviting more people. 

"It's a celebration of life also within our circle here, everybody can come, it's not exclusive to native people," Gibbs said.  "Doesn't matter race, color, creed, religious status.  It's open to everybody." 

The festivities continued throughout the day with a feast provided for everyone at  5 p.m.


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