, 2022-12-29 02:00:00,
JUMP EAST. MARIE — This New Year’s Eve, the tribe celebrates 2023 with a powwow.
The Sault Ste. Marie of Chippewa Indians annual New Year’s Sobriety Powwow begins at 3 pm on Saturday, December 31 at Big Bear Arena. The tribe will be ringing in the new year with food, music, dancing and more.
Each person who attends will receive a ticket and be entered into a raffle. A new prize winner will be announced each hour of the event. People can win $50 gift cards, dinner coupons at local restaurants and other goodies.
“Those gifts were donated by businesses throughout the Soo area,” said Catherine DeVoy, director of Language and Culture for the Sault Tribe. “My staff ran all over the city getting donations from different businesses and even people.”
Jefferson and Sonja Ballew, the lead dancers for the tribe who lead most of the powwow dances, will lead the group in a two-step dance contest. The contest is a freestyle dance, where partners will hit the dance floor together and try to match the freestyle dance moves of the dancers in front of them.
At the stroke of midnight, instead of dropping a ball, the tribe will perform a traditional group dance involving the entire crowd.
Dancers wishing to participate will join the dance floor at midnight, where the lead dancers will coordinate the group in large circles moving around each other. As the dance progresses, everyone changes positions in the circle, giving each dancer the opportunity to dance with the others in the dance…
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