Archive | July, 2011

NativeFest Indian Car Bingo Aug. 3

28 Jul

In 1972, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan opened its first gaming operation, Car Bingo. In an open field on the reservation, cars would line up for an evening of fun and entertainment. If someone had a bingo they would honk their car horn. Many great memories and traditions were created. Next week, the Ziibiwing Center and Exclusive Sponsor, PNC Bank, will celebrate the Indian Car Bingo Tradition on the first day of NativeFest 2011.

The 6th annual Indian Car Bingo will be held in the Ziibiwing parking lot on Wednesday, August 3 from 6-9pm, rain or shine. Registration is $10 a person with $5 specials and will begin at 5pm. Prizes include Blu-ray players, George Foreman Grills, over $500 in individual gift cards, and the coveted $1,000 Gift Card Cover-All Grand Prize. All proceeds will support educational and cultural programming at the Ziibiwing Center.

NativeFest continues on August 4 from 6-9pm with Music & Comedy Night featuring FREE food, kids sports bouncers, face painting, and a family-friendly live show featuring musicians, Kelly Jackson and Mawla Shawana, and comedian, Don Burnstick. Join Ziibiwing Center Curator, William Johnson, on August 5 from 10am-3pm for a moderated collection showing featuring the creativity of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan’s youth.

For more information about NativeFest visit:


You’re Invited To NativeFest 2011!

21 Jul

Join us along with Exclusive Sponsor, PNC Bank, for NativeFest, starting August 3-5, 2011. The first night celebrates an American Indian bingo tradition. On August 3, you can enjoy the excitement of playing bingo from the comfort of your own car with a chance to win great prizes including a $1,000 gift card cover all grand prize! All proceeds will support educational and cultural programming at theZiibiwingCenter.

On August 4, theZiibiwingCenterwill feature Music & Comedy Night from 6-9pm. Make sure to bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the musical stylings of Kelly Jackson and Mawla Shawana. Then, laugh to an hour-long live comedic performance by Don Burnstick. This family-friendly event includes FREE food, FREE kids’ sports bouncers, FREE face painting and balloon animals, as well as $5 caricatures.

NativeFest concludes on August 5 with a special Honoring Our Youth-Part 1 Collection Showing. TheZiibiwingCenter recognizes and promotes the creativity of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan’s youth. Their artistic contributions possess great self-awareness and many were created for the preservation of traditional beliefs and life experiences. This event is also free and open to the public.

Last Chance to Register for Cel Painting Workshop with Dawn Jackson

14 Jul

Only 7 Spots Remain!

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways and their Exclusive Sponsor, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., present the second of four Artist-in-Residence Mentoring Programs Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22, 2011. Dawn Jackson will lead the workshop and present Woodland Indian imagery in a contemporary form by using classic animation cel painting techniques. The 5-day Cel Painting Adult Workshop is $35 per participant.

Dawn inherited a love of art from her father, Smokey Joe, a well-known Saginaw Chippewa artist and wood carver. Her painting style reflects the graphic and colorful imagery of traditional animation, using cel vinyl paint and painting backwards on layers of clear acetate to create striking depth and dimension. This technique was explored as a fine art medium by Dawn after she hand-inked and painted animation cels on Fox’s hit television series The Simpsons in the early 1990s.

Over the past decade, Dawn has focused her creativity on filmmaking and her career in the entertainment industry. Her award-winning films have been shown in theaters and on television all over the world. Her latest documentary, Choctaw Code Talkers of WWI, premiered on PBS in November and the theatrical release, Naturally Native, was featured on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in May 2010. She has worked for the Walt Disney Company for the past 17 years and is a member of the Producers Guild of America and is a Los Angeles County Commissioner on Indian Affairs.

Call (989) 775-4744 to register or check out our flyer:

American Indians Helped with American Independence

7 Jul

It was June 11, 1776, a month before theUnited Stateswould finally become independent fromEnglandand a formal invitation was sent out for a few special guests.  Those guests were Iroquois chiefs, who were welcomed into the meeting hall of the Continental Congress.

These chiefs were treated to a speech, where they were addressed as “Brothers” and told of the delegates’ wish of “continuing friendship.” This speech also spoke of hope that the new Americans and the Iroquois could act as one people and have one heart.

 “Often people around the world lack a deep understanding of our American Indian leaders, governments, and customs,” said Judy Pamp, Assistant Director of the Ziibiwing Center.

“Our brothers from the Six Nations value diversity and understand the need to educate one’ self on the diverse cultures, religions, leadership styles of other nations to interact with respect and follow the Great Law of Peace.”

Judy added that these chiefs knew the importance of this meeting and the effects it would have on building of theUnited States.

Their friendship between Congress and the Iroquois continued even after the speech, when the Onondaga Chief requested to give President John Hancock an Indian name. Congress graciously approved and the president was renamed to “Karanduawn, or the Great Tree.” The impact of the Iroquois ideas on the founders and Congress on the eve of American Independence is unmistakable. 

If you would like more information on this topic and the Six Nations, please check out “The Great Peace, The Gathering of Good Minds.” It is a CD Rom Resource Guide by Brenda G. Davis, Working World New Media 1999, Brandford Ontario, Canada.

Or visit the following sites:

 Source: “Wow! I Didn’t know That: Anishinabek Gifts to the World” –ZiibiwingCenter