The first ever Ki Gish Pkëbthegémen filled the Community Center this October with traditional arts, cooking, and citizens of all ages. Our Language & Culture and Education Departments hosted this event in collaboration with the Food Sovereignty Committee to celebrate the end of harvest season.
Workshops divided up the day that engaged community members in traditional arts and food preparation. Employee Polly Mitchel and citizen Christine Morseau led a corn husk doll making workshop, attended mostly by our young women. George Martin taught corn processing, while Punkin Shananaquet demonstrated rice processing. Kevin Finney instructed botagen making, Jason S. Wesaw led the clay pottery workshop, and Dave Shananaquet guided participants through the art of etched birch bark box making.
Community members were able to participate in one or several of the workshops throughout the course of the day. Punkin Shananaquet spoke about the botagen and how we use it. She invited guests to come up and use them to grind the corn that had been processed earlier that day with George Martin.
We also held a cooking demonstration for interested youth with Chef Brian Yazzie or Yazzie the Chef. Chef Yazzie and his assistants prepared an indigenous meal for dinner to conclude the event. More than 65 people attended, including guests from the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi, Gun Lake Tribe and several more. Southern Straight Singers provided us with a welcome song to kick off the event and several other songs throughout the day. Migwėtth to everyone who participated in any way.