2017-10-05 / Outdoors

Fair, feast and fun in Peshawbestown

— Photos and story by Eric Carlson


TRIBAL MEMBERS try their hand at catching trout stocked in an enclosure at the tribal marina in Peshawbestown on Saturday during a Natural Resources fair and feast. TRIBAL MEMBERS try their hand at catching trout stocked in an enclosure at the tribal marina in Peshawbestown on Saturday during a Natural Resources fair and feast. The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians held its 15th Natural Resources Fall Feast Saturday at the Arthur Duhamel Marina on the West Grand Traverse Bay waterfront in Peshawbestown.

The head of the tribe’s Natural Resources Department, Desmond Berry, said the theme of the fair “revolves around the responsible use, management and preservation of natural resources for future generations.”

The event included a trout fishing pond set up in an enclosed boat launching area at the marina. The marina is used primarily for tribal commercial fishing boats. In addition, participants had opportunities to shoot bows and arrows, learn how to make tools from stone and familiar themselves with other outdoor skills.


EMERY MCLESKEY, 5, of Fife Lake, gets a lesson in bow hunting from D.J. Shook of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Natural Resources Department during its annual fall fair and feast Saturday in Peshawbestown. EMERY MCLESKEY, 5, of Fife Lake, gets a lesson in bow hunting from D.J. Shook of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Natural Resources Department during its annual fall fair and feast Saturday in Peshawbestown. A feast offered at the free event included wild game, smoked fish, frybread, corn soup and other native American favorites. Tribal members were also offered the opportunity to be issued tribal hunting, fishing, trapping and gathering licenses by the tribal Natural Resources Department.

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