History museum presents public program on traditional Potawatomi customs and medicines

Published 4:21 pm Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Dowagiac Area History Museum will have a special Saturday program on Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. with Andy Jackson of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi presenting “Potawatomi Customs and Traditional Medicines.”

Jackson, a Cultural Specialist for the Pokagon Band, will discuss some of the traditional roles of Potawatomi men and women as well as some of the natural medicines that they used historically and today.

“Potawatomi Customs and Traditional Medicines” is part of the One Story project, a community effort promoting literature and culture.

For One Story’s first year, the book that everyone in the community is encouraged to read is The Round House by Louise Erdrich, winner of the 2012 National Book Award for fiction. Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. The novel tells the story of a family and community nearly undone by violence on a reservation in North Dakota, but also offers a portrait of a community sustained by its traditions, values, faith, and stories.

Throughout 2014 several book clubs will meet to discuss the novel, and a variety of events/activities based loosely on themes from the novel are planned. Information and event listings will be available at www.onestoryread.com, and through One Story partners: the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival Committee, Dowagiac Area History Museum, Dowagiac District Library, and Southwestern Michigan College.

This program is free to museum members and costs $5 to non-members. Membership will be available at the museum for those interested. The museum is located at the corner of Division and West Railroad Streets. For more information, call the Dowagiac Area History Museum at 269-783-2560 or visit www.dowagiacmuseum.info.