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Native American culture sets the tone for Tribal Pow Wows, with visitors invited to feel history re-created.
Named Eagletown when it was settled in the 1840s, the Indian community was later renamed in honor of Ottawa
Chief Peshaba. Today Peshawbestown thrives as a cultural wonder in Leelanau County, offering a deeply edifying experience for visitors. Peshawbestown is also an Indian reservation, serving
as the governmental capital for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
The Tribe’s history thrives throughout the Eyaawing (pronounced a-yah-wing)
Museum and Cultural Center. Located in a picture-perfect perch overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay, the museum offers regular educational and art programs that are open and free to the public. Inside the museum, visitors explore the history of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
A gift shop displays genuine works from local and tribal artists in media such as stained glass, jewelry and baskets. Dream catchers are favorites of visitors.
Susan Serns from St. Louis visited the museum for the  rst time last year.
“I was so surprised at how beautiful it was there,” she said. “Inside and out — view of the water and the artwork on the walls — it was wonderful.”
The museum is open most summer days, but call ahead to verify operating hours before arriving for a visit.
For  tness-minded folks,
the Strongheart Center welcomes visitors. The center was constructed in 2012 and offers cardio equipment and weight machines, a sauna, an outdoor disc golf course and a basketball court. The cost is reasonable at just $5 per day. Punch cards good for 10 visits are available for $40.
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians was the  rst tribe in Michigan to own and operate a casino, which to this day provides
an economic engine for the Leelanau County.
Tribal Councilor David Arroyo said the casino is known for its excellent gaming experience. “Visitors can expect Las Vegas- style gaming. Outside of sports betting, we have everything. Our gaming experience can be compared to any other casino in the nation.”
The Leelanau Sands Casino and Lodge has bene ted both tribal members and the
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