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Ojibwey Calendar

Ojibwe Calendar
By Nick Hockings -
Ojibwe Elder

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PAST EVENTS

 

SOARRING Volunteer Appreciation Dinner & Party & Annual Members Meeting

Saturday, December 5, 2015 5pm-10pm
(Members meeting 5pm-6pm)
Pilcher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet, IL. 60432

Due to time constraints the Annual Members meeting will preceed the dinner and party at 5pm. All members are invited to participate. Meeting information including elections will be mailed to each member. Please bring your current membership card so you can vote.

This gathering is a celebration of the community we build by the work we do. This event is open and free to all Midwest SOARRING Foundation volunteers and current members. Memberships may be renewed at the event. All others will be charged a nominal fee of $8 p/p.Please RSVP by December 1, 2015 by calling 708.257.4300. Please bring a dish to share. Meat, mashed potatoes, rolls and beverages will be provided. This is a drug and alcohol free event.

Every year we ask our members to bring items to share with those in need. For the children bring winter hats, mittens, or a new toy. For the adults please bring non-perishable food items, toiletries, or household goods. These items will be sent to families in need on the reservations.

Every year we ask each person/family who attends the Holiday Party to make a special ornament for our Spirit Tree. We will take turns sharing the meaning of our ornament as we hang it on the tree. The tree will stay decorated until after the holidays and will be on display at the Nature Center.

Download event flyer for more details.

Fundraising Event for Midwest SOARRING

Monday, October 12, 2015 4pm-8pm
Panera Bread Bakery Cafe
1191 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville

Bring the flyer with you when you dine with Panera Bread at and raise funds for Midwest SOARRING Foundation.

15th Annual Intertribal Pow Wow at the Grand Village of the Kickapoo

Saturday, October 3, 2015 11am-10pm
Sunday, October 4, 2015 11am-5pm

Enjoy dancing, drumming, Native art and craft vendors, food vendors, children's crafts and the chance to visit the bison herd. Visit http://www.grandvillage.net/ for more information or call Angelo at 309-261-3043. The Grand Village of the Kickapoo is located just north of LeRoy, Illinois. GPS address: 8144 N 3100 E Road, Arrowsmith, IL Arrowsmith, IL 61722.

 

21st Annual Harvest Pow Wow

Saturday Sept. 26, 2015 11am-10pm
Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 11am - 5pm

Enjoy dancing, drumming, cultural demonstrations, art and craft vendors, food vendors, children's crafts and visit our tipi. Special events include Grand Entry of all dancers, Veteran's Honoring, Bird of Prey exhibit with S.O.A.R., Ocelotl-Cihuacoatl Aztec Dancers, Native Flute Players and much more! Visit www.harvestpowwow.com for more information or call 708.257.4300. You can purchase Pow Wow tickets online at www.harvestpowwow.com/tickets.html.

Midwest SOARRING Foundation is holding a VIP reception with talented Lakota born actor, traditional Native musician and model, Moses Brings Plenty at the Harvest Pow Wow. VIP reception price includes Pow Wow admission and autographed photo (photos/autographs exclusive to VIP reception). Moses Brings Plenty was raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He was a former member of award winning musical group Brule and principal television actor in the Cowboys & Aliens movie. Other acting roles include the Hell on Wheels TV show, and movies Pirates of the Caribbean and Wilma Mankiller. He also advocates for the rights of Indian communities, the protection of elders, and the importance of providing opportunities for native youth.

VIP reception includes admission to the Pow Wow, and autographed photo (photos/autographs exclusive to VIP reception). Seating is limited so purchase tickets online at www.harvestpowwow.com/tickets.html.

 

Fundraiser for Midwest SOARRING Foundation and
First Nations Art Exhibit

Saturday Sept. 12, 2015 1pm - 5pm

Pastor Tony Asta of the Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, IL has graciously offered to sponsor a fundraiser for Midwest SOARRING Foundation. The event will be held September 12, 2015 from 1pm to 5pm at the Gary United Methodist Church, 224 N. Main Street, Wheaton, IL. The public is welcome to shop at a number of Arts and crafts vendors, listen to Native flute musicians, and attend the opening artist's reception for First Nations Art Exhibit which will be held at the adjacent Burning Bush Art Gallery. The gallery is located at 216 N. Main Street, Wheaton, IL. next door to the church. Download a flyer for the event.

CALL FOR FIRST NATIONS ART
Attention artists who create native art. The Burning Bush Art Gallery welcomes art submissions in all mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, and hand made native themed crafts for a First Nations Art Exhibit that will run Sept 12 through Sept. 27th. Email the submission form to Tony Asta at tonyasta@ameritech.net by August 30th. Questions? Please contact Tony at 708.705.8669. We encourage all interested artists to submit their work. Download artist submisstion form here.

 

3rd ANNUAL INDIAN ART & CRAFT MARKET

Saturday & Sunday, June 27 &28, 2015 10am-6pm

Join us for our 3rd annual art and craft market. Shop the vendors to find that unique and special gift. Be a vendor at this event. Vendors can get an application by calling 708-257-4300. Download Flyer.

Bring a lawn chair and join us for a weekend on the grounds of our Cultural Center and its 5 acres of pristine land. Enjoy the following activities:

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

DINO'S PIZZA NIGHT FUNDRAISER

Thursday, June 25, 2015 4pm-9pm

Dino's in La Grange, IL. has graciously offered to sponsor this fundraiser for Midwest SOARRING Foundation, a non-profit Native American organization. Dino's will donate 25% of the sales for dine in or carry out pizza. Bring your friends and family, enjoy tasty pizza, and support our organization. Midwest SOARRING Foundation works on repatriation, protection of sacred sites, educating the public about Native American culture as well as environmental issues. Call 708-257-4300 for more information. Download Flyer.

LOCATION:
Dino's Pizzeria & Fast Food
1014 La Grange Road
La Grange, IL 60525

 

NATIVE AMERICAN TALKING CIRCLE CEREMONY

Saturday, May 16, 2015 5pm

Joseph Standing Bear will lead the Talking Circle. This event is open to everyone. There is no fee. Please bring a snack to share following the ceremony. This event will be held at the Riverside United Methodist Church, 82 Woodside Rd. Riverside, IL. For more info call 708-447- 1760 or 708-257-4300

LOCATION:
Riverside United Methodist Church
82 Woodside Road
Riverside, IL

 

SOARRING WOMEN'S CIRCLE

Saturday, May 23, 2015 5pm

Please RSVP 708.257.7300 and leave a message if you will be joining us.

This is a time for women to gather together, to talk among other women, sharing struggles, encouraging each other to promote community building. In this way we can further embrace our circle.

We are having a great time and hope you can join us. Please bring a dish to share as we celebrate Memorial Day weekend. Coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks available for $1. Bring a friend and join us for a fun time! Find us on Facebook-Midwest Soarring Womens Group or email MSFWomen@aol.com.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Native American Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

SOARRING MENS'S GATHERING

Saturday, May 23, 2015 5pm

All men are invited to join us for a time of drumming, traditional Teachings and fellowship. Please bring a dish to share ss we celebrate Memorial Day weekend. Coffee, tea, water and soft drinks are available for $1. For more info call 773-585-8613.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Native American Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

BLACK ASH BASKETRY WITH KELLY CHURCH

Sunday, May 3, 2015 1pm

Join us at 1PM for a wonderful presentation on Black Ash Basketry. Kelly, who comes from 5 generations of basket weavers, will show a video, give a demonstration, share old and new baskets as well as report on the Emerald ash borer and its effects on Native basket traditions. Each participant will make a black ash animal to take home with them.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Native American Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

Fee: $20 for non-members; $15 for MSF members. Reservations and fees would need to be confirmed by May 2. For more info call 708-257-4300.

 

SOARRING MENS'S GATHERING

Saturday, April 25, 2015 5pm

All men are invited to join us for a time of drumming, traditional Teachings and fellowship. Please bring a snack to share. Coffee, tea, water and soft drinks are available for $1. We will meet at 5PM. For more info call 773-585-8613.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Native American Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

COMCAST CARES DAY FOR MIDWEST SOARRING FOUNDATION

Saturday, April 25, 2015 8am-4pm

Join us for this day of community volunteering. We will start at 8am and finish by 4PM. A talking circle will follow the event. We are really trying to fill all 50 volunteer slots. Midwest SOARRING Foundation is a Native American non-profit organization whose mission is to work toward repatriation, protect sacred sites, educate the public and promote community building among all people regarding indigenous life-ways. This year, we will continue cleaning up the grounds, landscaping, planting our sweetgrass and other plants. Comcast will provide t-shirts and food. Please dress for the weather. In order to have enough t-shirts and food, you will need to sign up at Comcast In The Community. For more info call 708-257-4300.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

SOARRING WOMEN'S CIRCLE

Saturday, April 18, 2015 6pm

Please RSVP 708.257.7300 and leave a message if you will be joining us.

This is a time for women to gather together, to talk among other women, sharing struggles, encouraging each other to promote community building. In this way we can further embrace our circle.

We are having a great time and hope you can join us. We meet at 6pm. Please bring a snack to share. Coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks available for $1. Bring a friend and join us for a fun time! Find us on Facebook-Midwest Soarring Womens Group or email MSFWomen@aol.com.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Native American Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

NATIVE AMERICAN TALKING CIRCLE CEREMONY

Saturday, April 18, 2015 5pm

Joseph Standing Bear will lead the Talking Circle. This event is open to everyone. There is no fee. Please bring a snack to share following the ceremony. This event will be held at the Riverside United Methodist Church, 82 Woodside Rd. Riverside, IL. For more info call 708-447- 1760 or 708-257-4300

LOCATION:
Riverside United Methodist Church
82 Woodside Road
Riverside, IL

 

MOVIE NIGHT AND INDIAN TACO SALE

Saturday, April 11, 2015 5pm

Indian Taco Sale from 5PM to 7PM then we will follow with a movie for all to enjoy. Indian Tacos $8 Fry Bread $3 Soft Drinks/Coffee/Water $1 Tacos and Frybread are available for carry out. Movie: Medicine River

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Native American Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR JOSEPH STANDING BEAR

Sunday, March 15, 2015 1pm-4pm

Everyone is invited to join us to help Joseph celebrate his 65th Birthday. Pizza and cake will be served. Drop in to wish him a Happy Birthday or stay for the day! Please RSVP to 708.257.4300

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

SPRING EQUINOX CEREMONY

Friday, March 20, 2015 11am

Joseph Standing Bear will lead the ceremony. Please dress for the weather. Women should wear skirts. Pot Luck to follow, please bring a dish to share.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

FANCY SHAWL DANCE WORKSHOP

Saturday, March 21, 2015 2pm - 4pm

Fee: MSF Members $5 Non-Members $10

Ever want to try fancy shawl dancing? Join us for some teachings, dance lessons and lots of practice! This class is open to girls and women of all ages. Now is your chance to try it! Bring your shawl or blanket. A limited amount of shawls are available to use for practice. Seats are limited. For more information or to reserve your spot call 708-257-4300

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

SOARRING WOMEN'S CIRCLE

Saturday, March 21, 2015 6pm

Please RSVP 708.257.7300 and leave a message if you will be joining us.

Women's group meets the fourth Friday of the month. This is a time for women to gather together, to talk among other women, sharing struggles, encouraging each other to promote community building. In this way we can further embrace our circle.

We are having a great time and hope you can join us. Please bring a snack to share. Coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks available for $1. Bring a friend and join us for a fun time! Find us on Facebook-Midwest Soarring Womens Group or email MSFWomen@aol.com.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

SOARRING TALKING CIRCLE

Saturday, March 28,2015 5pm

Inviting all men, young and not so young, to come out for our first men's group/drum circle. Please bring your hand drum and or shaker if you have them. If you don't have either, just bring yourself. (We will have a few hand drums and shakers to share.) This is a time to share your stories, your experiences or your concerns. Please bring a snack or dish to pass.

We will conduct this meeting as a combination drum circle/talking circle along with traditional Anishinaabe lessons and language. Here is a chance to get together with other men and share life's mysteries and how they affect our spirit, our relationships and our planet. This will be a recurring event every 4th Saturday of the month. Water and coffee and soft drinks will be available for $1.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

SOARRING TALKING CIRCLE

Saturday, March 7,2015 5pm

Joseph Standing Bear Schranz will lead this ceremony.The event will be held at the Riverside United Methodist Church. No fee. Open to all. Call 708.257.4300 for more information.

LOCATION:
Riverside Methodist Church
82 Woodside
Riverside, IL 60546

 

MIDWEST SOARRING HOLIDAY PARTY

Saturday, December 13th, 2014, 5pm

LOCATION:
Pilcher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet, IL 60432

 

FIRESIDE SERIES
OJIBWAY SONGS, STORIES & DRUM CIRCLE
Ron Kanutski, Little Medicine Wheel Cloud, Bear Clan

November 15, 2014, 2:00PM

Bring your hand drum or rattle and join us in sharing songs, stories and teachings of the Ojibway (Anishinaabe) people to promote healing and good life.

Ron Kanutski is tribal member of the Lake Helen Reserve/Red Rock Band (Obijiwanong). He currently resides in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada with his family of six and is the sole proprietor of With Care Consulting for the past 14 years. Ron actively works in the mental health and addictions field as a consultant, group facilitator, counselor, college professor, trainer, healer & cultural teacher.

As a cultural teacher and facilitator, he has worked extensively throughout Ontario, Manitoba, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois. Ron has spent time with Elders of the Woodland tradition and enjoys sharing those teachings to people of all cultures.

Join us for this fun afternoon filled with teachings and tradition. Light refreshments will follow the presentation.

Download Flyer.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

For more information call 708.257.4300 or email soarring@aol.com.

 

MIDWEST SOARRING WOMEN'S CIRCLE

Friday, October 24, 2014, 7pm

Please RSVP 708.257.7300 and leave a message if you will be joining us.

Women's group meets the fourth Friday of the month. Ladies, please bring your drums or rattles. This is a time for women to gather together, to talk among other women, sharing struggles, encouraging each other to promote community building. In this way we can further embrace our circle.

We are having a great time and hope you can join us. Please bring a snack to share. Coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks available for $1. Bring a friend and join us for a fun time! Find us on Facebook-Midwest Soarring Womens Group or email MSFWomen@aol.com.

Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

ANNUAL BISON BLESSING & INDIAN ART & CRAFT MARKET

October 4, 2014, 10Am - 5PM

Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd, Elgin, IL. 60120

For more information call 708.257.4300 or email soarring@aol.com.

 

MIDWEST SOARRING WOMEN'S CIRCLE

Friday, September 26, 2014, 7pm

Please RSVP 708.257.7300 and leave a message if you will be joining us.

Women's group meets the fourth Friday of the month. Ladies, please bring your drums or rattles. This is a time for women to gather together, to talk among other women, sharing struggles, encouraging each other to promote community building. In this way we can further embrace our circle.

We are having a great time and hope you can join us. Please bring a snack to share. Coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks available for $1. Bring a friend and join us for a fun time! Find us on Facebook-Midwest Soarring Womens Group or email MSFWomen@aol.com.

Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

MSF 20th Annual Harvest Pow Wow
September 20 and 21, 2014

SATURDAY 11AM - 10PM, SUNDAY 11AM - 5PM

Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster Street, Naperville, IL 60540

POW WOW DETAILS

Grand Entry: Saturday 1pm & 7pm, Sunday 1pm

Gate Admission: Adults $10, Seniors 62+ $7, Children 3-12 $7. Kids under 3 free. Purchase advance tickets at a discount below by September 15, 2014. Tickets purchased online are not combinable with any other discounts. Purchase advance online tickets.Pow Wow admission includes access to Naper Settlement during regular hours.

Bring lawn chairs. Pow Wow takes place rain or shine. No alchohol or drugs allowed. Sorry, no pets. Your admission fee supports MSF and its programs. Event subject to change. For up to date info call MSF 708-257-4300. The Harvest Pow Wow is partially supported by a grant from the city of Naperville.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

MAIN ARENA-SATURDAY

11:00am-Doors Open
1:00pm-Grand Entry of All Dancers and Special Veteran's Honoring
3:00pm-Little Tots Candy Dance
5:00pm-Special Guest Performance
7:00pm-Grand Entry of All Dancers
10:00pm-Pow Wow Closes

MAIN ARENA-SUNDAY

11:00am-Doors Open
1:00pm-Grand Entry of All Dancers and Special Veteran's Honoring
4:00pm-Raffle Prize Winners Announced
5:00pm-Pow Wow Closes

Note: Drumming and dancing takes place continually during the Pow Wow except Saturday from 5pm to 7pm.

KIDS CORNER-SUNDAY & SUNDAY, 11am-5pm

Children's Crafts
Flintknapping (Arrowhead Making)
Visit Two Tipis and Elm Bark Lodge
Storytelling

PHOTOGRAPHY DISCLAIMER

Notice to all Pow Wow attendess and participants: There will be professional photographers taking pictures and video recording during the 20th Annual Harvest Pow Wow. With your entrance to the Naper Settlement, you are giving permission for Midwest SOARRING Foundation to use any photos of you which might appear in future promotional materials or advertising used in conjunction with future Pow Wow's.

 

FESTIVAL OF THE HORSE & DRUM INTERTRIBAL POW WOW
In Cooperation With Midwest SOARRING Foundation

Saturday & Sunday, August 16 & 17, 2014

Event Details
Pow Wow Hours: Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
Festival Hours: Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 9am-8pm
Pow Wow Grand Entry: Saturday 12pm & 6pm, Sunday 12pm
Ticket Prices: Visit www.festivalofthehorseanddrum.com
View flyer.
Vendors please contact Janet Sevilla at 708-257-4300.

Kane County Fairgrounds
525 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL

 

MIDWEST SOARRING OUTING-O-SA-WAN POW WOW
New Lenox, Illinois

Saturday, August 9, 2014 11am

Join us for a Midwest SOARRING outing when we venture onto the Pow Wow trail in New Lenox, IL. Why are we going to this pow wow? Well, this Pow Wow is just a few blocks from where Midwest SOARRING fought to defend a Native village site 20 years ago. That's right, Midwest SOARRING Foundation is twenty years old this year, and as a special event, in lieu of a picnic, we're going back to our roots. We will visit the place where the Midwest SOARRING Honor Guard held vigil to ward off looters and fight for the rights of those who are not here with us today.

If you would like to hear stories of the struggle that brought us together, then this is your chance. We will be visiting the village site located at the Sanctuary Golf Course in New Lenox, as well as the O-SA-WAN Pow Wow where we can celebrate our culture through dance, frybread, and great company.

We will meet at the Pow Wow about 11am and find a place to gather. SOARRING will provide several pop-up canopies for elders, yet, we encourage you to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Grand Entry is at 1pm. We will stay at the Pow Wow until the dinner break. After which, maps will be passed out which will guide us from the Pow Wow grounds to the Sanctuary Golf Course (the village site). We will meet there for ceremony and to listen to stories from those who experienced those events of 20 years ago. Afterwards, we may visit the nearby turtle effigy and finish off the day at a nearby restaurant.

Remember to bring a lawn chair. Each person is responsible for their admission fee and dinner. To obtain more info, directions, and Pow Wow fliers visit www.osawan.com

For more info call Janet at 708.257.4300.

 

MIDWEST SOARRING WOMEN'S CIRCLE

Friday, July 25, 2014, 7pm

Please RSVP 708.257.7300 and leave a message if you will be joining us.

Women's group meets the fourth Friday of the month. Ladies, please bring your drums or rattles. This is a time for women to gather together, to talk among other women, sharing struggles, encouraging each other to promote community building. In this way we can further embrace our circle.

We are having a great time and hope you can join us. Please bring a snack to share. Coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks available for $1. Bring a friend and join us for a fun time! Find us on Facebook-Midwest Soarring Womens Group or email MSFWomen@aol.com.

Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

2nd ANNUAL INDIAN ART & CRAFT MARKET

Saturday & Sunday, June 21 & 22, 2014, 10am-6pm, Free Admission

For more info call Janet at 708-257-4300. View flyer.

Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

 


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