Lac du Flambeau
- The Lac du Flambeau Tribe shared its culture through song, dance, and ceremony in the same spot for more than 60 years. Last fall, the tribe tore down a decayed "Indian Bowl" facility but it always planned to rebuild. Monday, the tribe took the next step toward accomplishing that goal.
Tribal leaders held a ground blessing ceremony at the site of the new building. The tribe burned sage, said a prayer in Ojibwe, and passed a ceremonial peace pipe.
"[The ceremony] pays respects, if you will, to the land that you're impacting," Tribal Treasurer Melinda Young said. "It pays respect to everybody and anything that is a part of what we're doing, and it really is just about starting your endeavors in a respectful manner."
The Waaswaaganing Indian Bowl Living Arts and Culture Center will create a new space for gathering and teaching. It will cost $3.6 million to build, about $1.6 million of which has been raised so far. But the tribe says educating people about the tribe's history is more important than the price tag.
"Our visitors will understand who the Lac du Flambeau people are," Young said. "We'll be able to share our songs, our dance, and our stories. That's integral to who we are as people."
Construction on the building is scheduled to start next spring.
Written By: Lane Kimble