Time Meets Tradition In St. Ignace

The annual 2018 Native American Festival will be held on May 26, 2018 at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture in St. Ignace, Michigan. It is a day to recognize and celebrate the rich culture and contributions of the Anishinaabe people from the area. At its idyllic location close to the shores of Lake Huron, the festival shines with amazing energy, pride and excitement in the drummers, dancers, workshop presenters, visitors and supporters who attend the festival each year The Festival is committed to focusing on the creative and traditional spirit of the Anishinaabe people and helping to preserve and revitalize their arts and culture, while inspiring them to take pride in their heritage and community.


11:00 am to 1pm

  • Grandmother Moon Drummers and Singers and the Healing Lodge Singers
  • Guided tours of the museum grounds and the museum with a cultural interpreter

1pm to 5 pm Pow-Wow

  • Grand Entry- 1 pm:  The honor guard, veterans and elders lead the dancers into the circle. Then comes the many generations of men, women and children. All ages are represented. It is a truly magnificent sight and one that can only truly be appreciated by actually being at this important cultural event.
  • 1-5 pm Traditional drumming and dancing
  • 5:30 pm Traditional feast for participants. Free for participants. $11.00 for non-participants.


11:00 am

  • Guided museum and grounds tours with a cultural interpreter
  • Guided historic walking tour with a local historian. Walking tour begins at the museum.

1:00 pm Cultural workshops

  • Adults and children’s workshop- Hairpipe chokers- Come and learn how to make a hairpipe choker as they were made hundreds of years ago and learn the cultural significance of them.
  • Clan coloring workshop for children
  • Black ash basket making demonstration
  • Hand drum making workshop
  • Porcupine quill demonstration
  • Making traditional smudging bundles and tobacco ties