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LdF Indian Bowl cancels weekly summer pow wows

May 08, 2020

The Waaswaaganing Indian Bowl Living Arts and Culture Center Board of Directors voted to postpone the 2020 weekly Pow wow for this summer at the May 5 board meeting.

The board also voted to postpone the annual art show usually held in July until November 2020.

“It was action that the board felt was necessary in consideration of the health of dancers, artists, visitors, vendors and workers. Even though it is an outside venue, the nature of the event does not guarantee social distancing. The situation will be monitored for any future events,” board. treasurer Emerson Coy said.

The annual Wild Rice Festival pow wow usually held in September has not been cancelled at this time. 

“It is with heartfelt regret that we had to take that action, which was voted on by the board unanimously,” board president Georgine Brown said at the meeting held via Zoom. “As a dancer, I know others will miss expressing and sharing our unique culture in this way.”

At Tuesday’s meeting, the board also discussed agenda items including the development of a collector post card, cancelling an event in May at the United Methodist Church of the Pines, and the notice they received that a travel writers FAM tour will not be coming to Lac du Flambeau in the fall. 

The board meets monthly and will continue to discuss ways the rich Native American culture can be shared and how support can be provided to the variety of artists in the community. 

“Last year was a wonderfully successful season with great support from the Lac du Flambeau Tribe, sponsors, visitors and the community,” Coy said. “Whenever we re-open, it will continue to be special with concern and safety for all.”

The Indian Bowl has been a centerpiece of cultural sharing and education for Lac du Flambeau and surrounding Northwoods communities since 1951.

Traditional dance and storytelling performances have brought audiences together for more than 60 years. Each summer, the Indian Bowl was the epicenter of gatherings and celebrations for Indian and non-Indian families alike. Tourists to the Northwoods journeyed annually to Lac du Flambeau (Waaswaaganing) to enjoy the best of Ojibwe culture and tradition. Guests were treated to an authentic Native American experience, and took home lasting memories and a piece of living history.

The new Waaswaaganing Indian Bowl Living Arts and Culture Center honors heritage and tradition, and provide a first-class venue for contemporary expression of living Native culture through the arts.

For more information, visit https://www.indianbowlproject.org/.

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