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2004 - Shagonaby Sisters Pam Gardner, Jackie Trus, Theresa McFall in tribal regala

A Head Start On Future


South Bend Tribune
By Nancy Johnson
Tribune Staff Writer

The following is the second part of an article regarding three Shagonaby Sisters, active members of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, and a quest to keep their heritage alive for future generations.  They all attended Hartford High School, Hartford Michigan. 


Powwow passes on heritage to young, educates others.

Another family is rediscovering its roots. Pamela Gardner of Dowagiac and her two sisters, all in their 50s, will do a
coming out dance at the powwow.

Gardner said her dad was a full-blooded American Indian, but he shielded his children from learning the language and customs. Also, she did not grow up on a reservation, which helps pass on traditions, she said in a phone interview.

To catch up on her heritage, Gardner reads books, attends tribal meetings and talks with the local elders group, which teaches others how to make traditional clothing and the proper way to dance.

Shagonaby sisters in regalia
Gardner and sisters Jacqueline Trux of Hartford, Mich., and Theresa McFall of South Haven,  Mich., are hand-sewing their own regalia: deerskin skirts, capes and moccasins; fabric shawls with 14-inch fringe; and turkey-feather fans with handles made of cedar, a wood sacred to the Pokagons.

Passing on the culture to the children is important, Gardner said. She is raising her 8-year-old grandson, and she teaches him the customs and traditions of his ancestors. He has decided to grow his hair long and wear it in a braid, even though he is blond, and she is honored by that, she said.

Though the sisters have attended powwows before, this will be the first time they will dance at one.

Their dad has passed away, and the sisters want to honor him.
We want to dance and show the world who we are and that we are proud of who we are, Gardner said.


The photo at the top of the page was taken by Cindy Nyhuis, Hartford MI.  Photo at the bottom of appeared with the article in the South Bend Tribune.

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