Unearth the traditions of the region's Native Americans with a
weekend full of cultural festivities at the Honor the Eagle Pow Wow
The pow wow, held for more than five years, began as an effort
to honor the eagle and celebrate the native history of the area,
says Joseph "Standing Bear" Schranz, president and founder of the
Midwest SOARRING Foundation, which hosts the pow wow.
The celebration at Matthiessen State Park brings together
dancers, drummers and vendors from many states, along with an
increasingly popular kids' craft corner.
Crafts may include bison tooth or feather necklaces, pottery
making, native drawings and flintknapping, a how-to on making
arrowheads. The goal is help kids learn how to use things in nature
in a respectful manner.
"The crafts themselves would appeal to anyone 5 to adult," says
Visitors also can interact with elders, hear Native American
storytellers and watch intertribal dancing and demonstrations by
In addition to the drumming, where tribe members group around
five to seven drums to play, some social dances allow visitors to
"Besides that, we'll have a variety of 30 to 40 native vendors
who sell jewelry, clothing and skins plus food vendors with Indian
tacos, rice soups and (other dishes)," Schranz says.
Eagles, falcons, owls and other birds will be presented by the
group SOAR Illinois, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the
welfare of native birds-of-prey.
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