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      Native American culture celebrated in Escanaba

      A Native American awareness celebration took place on Thursday at the Ludington Park band shell in Escanaba.

      Drumming, dancing and dress are profound elements of the Native American culture, and tribal members interacted with the audience, especially children, as part of the living education experience.

      They also shared detailed information about how the general public can get more involved with tribal customs.

      "Please go to the local tribes that are near you," said Susie Meshigaud of the Hannahville Indian Community. "Talk to your elders because you can't just take something from somebody and say, 'I'm going to do that,' because a lot of these things are from my family. They were given to me by my family."

      As part of Escanaba's sesquicentennial week, tribal members from throughout Upper Michigan showcased their different dress and musical customs. The Hannahville Indian Community is one of the major sponsors of the 10-day celebration.