Members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Veterans Honor Guard present the Eagle Staff and colors to begin the Ojibwa Heritage Celebration on Aug. 15, 2011, in Calumet's Keweenaw Heritage Center (formerly St. Anne's Church). (Photos by Keweenaw Now)
As the colors are presented, Erik Awonohopay of Eagle Radio leads his drum group in a Native American Honor Song. Standing at far right is Warren C. Swartz, Jr., President of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Tribal Council.
The Rev. Robert Langseth, left, of the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission, and KBIC Tribal Council President Warren (Chris) Swartz, Jr., display the KBIC flag at the opening of the Heritage Celebration in the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's.
Warren (Chris) Swartz, Jr., KBIC Tribal Council president, welcomes the audience to the Ojibwa cultural celebration on Aug. 15, 2011, in the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's. He also gave the history of the KBIC tribal flag. At right is the Rev. Robert Langseth of the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission, who welcomed the KBIC members and their flag to this historic event.
Doreen Blaker of the KBIC Cultural Committee retells the Ojibwa creation story from the Mishomis Book. She told the story of how Muskrat sacrificed his life so life on earth could begin again. Blaker also spoke about the Anishinaabeg migrations, Ojibwa values, and the roles of tribal clans.
Susan LaFernier, KBIC Tribal Council secretary, gives a summary of Ojibwa (Anishinaabeg) history after 1800. She spoke about historic treaties, the KBIC Constitution, protection of natural resources and job creation.
KBIC Tribal Council member Fred Dakota speaks about the gaming history of KBIC. Dakota and his wife opened the Ojibwa Casino in Baraga on New Year's Eve, 1983. It has generated $26.2 billion, providing many services to the tribe.
KBIC members Nicole Eagle and her brother, E Halverson, sing one of E's original songs at the conclusion of the Aug. 15th Heritage Celebration in the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's.
The opening of Calumet's Heritage Celebration in the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's attracted a large audience.
On Aug. 18, 2011, the Red Metal Radio Show returned to the Calumet Theatre as part of the Calumet Heritage Celebration. This year's theme was "The Keweenaw According to Mac," based on the book "Keweenaw Character," by Mac Frimodig. Announcer Dick Storm, right, of Eagle Radio, begins the broadcast. Co-host and Producer Oren Tikkanen and Co-host and Vocalist Kris Kyro Johnson are at left.
The Red Metal Radio Band plays lively early 20th-century tunes during the broadcast. Band members are, from right, Bob Norden, bandleader, arranger and trombone; Roger Laub, tuba; Sherrie Pellegrini, drums (in background); Benjie Brotherton, trumpet; and Debra Zei, clarinet.
Doug Bacon on banjo and Melissa Lewis, vocalist, perform favorite old songs. Also pictured are Oren Tikkanen, left, co-host and producer, and Dave Bezotte, piano and vocals.
Melissa Lewis puts her heart into a song, accompanied by Doug Bacon on banjo and Dave Bezotte, piano.
On Saturday, Aug. 20, the KBIC Dance Troupe performed various dance styles done at their Pow-Wows. Dancers of all ages participate. At left is the "Summer Cloud" drum group led by Eagle Radio's Erik Awonohopay, master of ceremonies.
Young boys perform the Men's Grass Dance, which has its origin in the old war dances.
The regalia for the Grass Dance includes a yoke and breechcloth made with multi-colored fringe, roach headdress, fringed anklets,ankle bells, bead work and moccasins. The flowing, sweeping movement of the dance resembles the tall grass swaying in the wind, signifying moving from camp to camp during the seasons.
KBIC dancers perform the Women's Traditional Dance, known for the dignity and respect expressed in the movements. Their feet never completely leave the ground, symbolizing their connection to Mother Earth.
The Women's Jingle Dance is an Ojibwa women's dance originating in a dream of healing. The Jingle Dress, worn by both women and little girls like this one, is made with tin cones attached to the cloth dress.
The Jingle Dancer may raise her fan proudly in the air on certain honor beats of the drum.
MC Erik Awonohopay introduces Miss Keweenaw Bay, Savannah Seymour.
Savannah Seymour, Miss Keweenaw Bay, participates in the Women's Fancy Shawl Dance at the Heritage Celebration in Agassiz Park. The colorful, elaborate regalia for this dance includes a skirt and beaded or sequined vest. The long fringed shawl is worn over the shoulders and held out at the elbows. Movements include fine footwork and fast spins, meant to mimic a joyful butterfly.
Women and girls of all ages do the Women's Fancy Shawl Dance, including here Miss Keweenaw Bay, Savannah Seymour, at right.
Shawl dancers display colorful regalia. Recently, the color pink has come to represent breast cancer awareness.
KBIC Dance Troupe members invite members of the audience to join them in a final community dance.
Members of the audience join KBIC dancers in a final dance during the Heritage Celebration in Agassiz Park. Watch for our videos of the dancing, coming soon.
KBIC Tribal Council Secretary Susan LaFernier pauses for a photo during the Aug. 20 Heritage Celebration. "I'd like to thank Main Street Calumet and the other organizers: Miigwetch!" she said.
Kids have fun jumping and pushing the "animals" at the "bouncing houses" -- part of the Diabetes Awareness Campaign sponsored by Aspirus Keweenaw during the Heritage Celebration in Calumet.
More fun with bouncing animals!
Half the fun is in falling dramatically ...
This little guy was determined to knock down that giraffe!
More fun on the plastic slide ...
Some kids prefer to slide backwards!
Looks like a successful "slam dunk" -- the name of this "bouncing house."
Members of the Croatian Fraternal Union sell delicious povatica -- their specialty -- during the Heritage Celebration. Pictured from left are Darlene Spelich, Debra Kelsey, Judy Endsley, Julia Simila, Pat Corrigan and Helen Stimac -- all of Croatian heritage.
Main Street Calumet Executive Director Tom Tikkanen, right, and his Assistant, Elmore Reese, both seemed happy with a successful Heritage Celebration. "The crowd seemed to enjoy themselves," Reese said, "and we were especially happy to have the KBIC to help us celebrate the heritage of the area."