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WELCOME!

To our First Annual Blue Water Indian Celebration

Greetings: We hope you enjoy your visit to this cultural enrichment event. I am honored and proud to be chairman of the Blue Water Indian Celebration Committee. We are honored by the presence of all the drums, dancers and guests.

At this special event, we hope to offer you a sample perspective of Native American culture and history. We hope that you will benefit from this experience and leave with a greater enthusiasm and many good feelings of Native Americans and their traditions.

May I extend my sincere wishes for a joyfull and rewarding celebration.

Bill LeCaine, Chairman
Blue Water Indian Celebration Committee

Letter From The Mayor
Pow Wow Committee
Bill LeCaine, Chairman
Glenn Ulrich
Mary Barss
Beth Belanger
Steve Williams
Leslie Brittain
Frank Frisk
John Bailey
Becky Kennedy
Sharon Kota
Pat LeCaine
Elaine Schmidt
Steve Williams
Jack Kelley
Bud & Deborah White Eye
Mary Brockman
Nancy-Sharon Bland
Sharon Levine
Pat & John Kennedy
Michelle Reyna
Herb Jacobs
Betty McBrien
   
Honored Staff

Lance White - Master of Ceremonies
Bucko Teeple - Arena Director, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
George Martin - Head Veteran

Head Dancers

Dennis White Eye - Head Male Dancer
Michelle Reyna - Head Female Dancer

Head Judges

John Snake - Head Male Judge, Phoenix, Arizona
Evelyn White Eye - Head Female Judge

Schedule of Events

SATURDAY

SUNDAY
10:00 AM Gates Open
Artists & Trader Booths Open
10:00 AM Gates Open
Artists & Trader Booths Open
12:00 PM GRAND ENTRY
Invocation
Dance Competition
Inter-Tribal Dancing
Hoop Dancer, Manitoulin Island
Aztec Dancers, Mexico City
12:00 PM GRAND ENTRY
Dance Competition Continues
Inter-Tribal Dancing
Hoop Dancer
Aztec Dancers, Mexico City
Storytelling
4:00 PM Dinner Break
Storytelling
Music
Crafts
4:00 PM Drum Contest
6:00 PM GRAND ENTRY
Dance Competition Continues
Aztec Dancing
Hoop Dancing
4:30 PM GRAND ENTRY
Presentation of Prizes
and Awards
9:00 PM Gates Close
or (until competition is completed)
5:00 PM Closing Ceremonies
 
We hope you enjoy this cultural experience and we invite you back next year.
Competition Dance Categories and Proud Sponsors
Youth 8 - 12 Proud Sponsor
Men's Traditional Dance
1st $125.00 Don & Denise Zulauf
2nd 75.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
3rd 50.00 Huron Manufacturing Division, Lexington
Women's Traditional Dance
1st $125.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
2nd> 75.00 Glen Urich
3rd 50.00 United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners
Men's Fancy Dance
1st $125.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
2nd 75.00 Eugene Welding Company, Marysville
3rd 50.00 John A. Ward, D.D.S., Port Huron
Women's Fancy Dance
1st $125.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
2nd 75.00 E.D. & C. Company, Inc., Troy
3rd 50.00 First Preferred Mortgage Company, Port Huron
Men's Grass Dance
1st $125.00 Daniel & Virginia Donnellon, Port Huron
2nd 75.00 Wal-Mart, Port Huron
3rd 50.00 Emory's Furniture
Women's Jingle Dance
1st $125.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
2nd 75.00 Huron Title, Ann Whaling
3rd> 50.00 Lou & Ellen Petho
Young Adult 13 - 17 Proud Sponsor
Men's Traditional Dance
1st $200.00 Mary Maxim Needlecraft, Port Huron
2nd 100.00 Faith Medical Care Center, St. Clair
3rd 50.00 By Lo Oil Company, Inc., Kimball
Women's Traditional Dance
1st $200.00 Secory Oil Company, Inc., Port Huron
2nd 100.00 Medilodge of Richmond, Inc.>
3rd 50.00 Smith Die & Mold, Inc. Port Huron
Men's Fancy Dance
1st $200.00 Harold Brywig, Preferred Industries
2nd 100.00 Medilodge of Yale, Inc.
3rd 50.00 Winfield L. Cooper Real Estate, Port Huron
Women's Fancy Dance
1st $200.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
2nd 100.00 Faith Living Center, Inc., St. Clair
3rd 50.00 Can-Am Warehouse Co., Port Huron
Men's Grass Dance
1st $200.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
2nd> 100.00 Medilodge Group, Inc., Washington
3rd 50.00 Blue Water Charity Sports, Port Huron
Women's Jingle Dance
1st $200.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
2nd 100.00 >Medilodge Group, Inc., Washington
3rd 50.00 Lou & Ellen Petho?
Adults 18 and Up Proud Sponsor
Men's Traditional Dance
1st $700.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
2nd 500.00 Rene Smit, M.D., P.C.
3rd 300.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
Women's Traditional Dance
1st $700.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
2nd 500.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
3rd 300.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
Men's Fancy Dance
1st $700.00 Iron Horse Manufacturing
2nd 500.00 Charles D. Houston, lll, P.C.
3rd 300.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
Women's Fancy Dance
1st $700.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
2nd 500.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
3rd 300.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
Men's Grass Dance
1st $700.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
2nd 500.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
3rd 300.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
Women's Jingle Dance
1st $700.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
2nd 500.00 Rene Smit, M.D., P.C.
3rd 300.00 TuttoBene Italian Restaurant
Dean & Dianne Petitpren $500 Drum Contest Sponser
A Special Thanks...

Our Heartfelt thanks go out to the Thomas Edison Inn, Jack Kelley, and the staff for all their consistent help throughout the entire planning process of our First Annual Pow Wow.

A more appropriate site could not have been provided than this beautiful view overlooking the St. Clair river.

This has been a great experience for all of us on the Pow Wow committee and we are extremely greatful!

The entire Pow Wow Committee

Special Thanks to...
This Pow Wow would not be possible without the generous assistance and support of the many dedicated and hard-working contributors and volunteers. We wish to thank those who have made this event a success and give our sincere appreciation to the following contributors, supporters & volunteers:
EMS Raetzel Shoes Thomas Edison Inn
D.O.C. Horizon Outlet Don & Denise Zulauf
WHLS Earl Brockman Brian Harper, WSAQ
WPHM Dennis Raetzel Big Boy, 24th Avenue
Sperry's Explorer Group Port Huron Decorating
Carl Arko Scotties Potties Port Huron McDonalds
Patti Tack Achatz Catering Uncle Bill's Party Store
Huron Lady ABC Warehouse Whitey & Phylis Larson
Larry Smith Dean's Bookstore Rick & Colleen Sheldon
Amy Bratton Emory's Furniture S.E.M.I., Nancy Ragsdale
Huron House> Children's Shelter Blue Water Festival Com.
Dennis White City of Port Huron Lumber Jacks, Marysville
John Wismer Dave Kleinstarker Blue Water Transportation
Times Herald K-Mart, Kraft Road American Speedy Printing
Super K-Mart Krogers, Northend Builders Square, Ft. Gratiot
Steve Katakis Mary Lou Creamer ABC Warehouse, Ft. Gratiot
Mayor Relken Port Huron Museum Tom Krissman, City Printing
Detroit Edison Chicken in the Rough Betty Klocek, O.C.I. Advertising
Tom Crissman    

If you would like to make a contribution towards the Second Annual Blue Water Indian Celebration, please make your check out to the Port Huron Museum and remit to:

Mr. Bill LeCaine, Chairman
Blue Water Indian Celebration
520 Thomas Edison Parkway
Port Huron, MI 48060

SAMAH
(Tobacco)

Samah, or tobacco is one of the four sacred plants representing the Eastern direction. The Ojibway Indians used a form of tobacco known as Kinikinik, or Red Willow. Some still prefer to use the Kinikinik, but many now use store bought tobacco.

Samah is used in the offering of prayer to the Creator, acting as a medium for communication. It is either offered to the fire, so the smoke can lift the prayers to the Creator or it is set on the ground in a nice clean place. This is done on a daily basis as each new day is greeted with Prayers of Thankfullness. The Elders say, "Hold it in your left hand as that is the hand closest to your heart".

It is always good to offer Samah when seeking knowledge or advice from an Elder or when a pipe is present.