Performances, exhibition honor Indigenous Peoples

TRAVERSE CITY —  A traditional pow wow, a night of drumming, and an exhibition of an Indigenous artist will commemorate the first official Indigenous People's Day in Traverse City. 

In February the Traverse City Commission approved recognizing Oct. 12 as Indigenous People's Day. Events planned include: 

Oct. 10: NMC Indigenous Peoples Traditional Pow Wow. 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Traverse City Central High School. Grand entry will take place at 1 and 7 p.m. with an intermission at 4:30 p.m. Free.

Oct. 12: Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration - Night of Music. 7-9 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Larry Plamondon will serve as emcee. Performers include:

  • Sturgeon Bay Singers
  • Aaron Otto
  • Spirit Lake
  • Francis Carew
  • Ruby John & George Trudeau

For more information on both events,  contact the NMC Native American Student Organization: or (231) 995-3025

In addition to the special events, Copper Thunderbird, an exhibition featuring the works of Aboriginal Canadian artist Norval Morrisseau, will be featured at The Dennos through November 29. Sometimes called the "Picasso of the North," a banner-sized version of one of Morrisseau's works from the Dennos collections, Thunderbird Man, is now hanging on the building housing Talbot’s, 148 E. Front Street (alley side) as part of the Traverse City Art Banner project .

Release date: october 1, 2015

For more information:

Todd Parker
Native American Student Organization adviser 
(231) 995-3025



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