Language & Culture hosted classes throughout this past spring for citizens to learn traditional arts and practices. These teachings complimented each other so citizens could build off their new skills to complete larger projects.
Facilitators noticed when presenters came to teach a new aspect of regalia making in Regalia 101, they often couldn’t move past the sewing instructions because participants were still learning how to use the Serger sewing machines. To address this, Language & Culture offered two Serger Sewing classes in April, lead by Christine Daugherty. Participants completed bags.
Another new class the department offered was loom beading with Linda Yazel, an artist with pieces in museums across the country. Six community members learned the traditional art form and started their own projects.
This spring, citizens like Autumn Martin also made sugar from harvested sap and celebrated the sugar season at the Në Mnokmêk (gifts of spring) Celebration + end of Sugar Season Feast. This celebration drew in sugar leads and volunteers and adopt-a-highway and afterschool program participants, as well as other community members. This was the second year Language & Culture and our Department of Natural Resources collaborated on this joint event.
Language & Culture staff collaborated with the Bay Mill tribe to harvest cedar wood this April for future projects. Bay Mill Chairman Levi Carrick Sr. and family members came to harvest with Pokagon citizens Tom Wood, Patty Jo Kublick, James Murray, and Brody Race.