June 23, 2018
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Passamaquoddy reservation to host 48th annual Sipayik Indian Day Celebration

By Tim Cox, BDN Staff

PERRY, Maine — The Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Indian reservation will host the 48th annual Sipayik Indian Day Celebration Aug. 8-12.

The five-day event kicks off with a warrior canoe trip that begins at the Indian Township bridge in Princeton at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and takes an evening stop at Calais. The canoeists will continue their journey the following morning and are scheduled to arrive at Split Rock on the Pleasant Point reservation in the afternoon.

The activities for Friday will include a health fair, tours of the Waponahki Museum, a weightlifting contest, pageant, storytelling, and outdoor social and Indian dance-a-thon.

Saturday’s schedule of festivities include a diabetes health walk, children’s games, horseshoe tournament, canoe races, traditional dancing, drumming and singing, a youth dance and fireworks at dusk.

The lineup for Sunday will feature a warrior run and fun run, presentations to community honorees, ceremonial dances, a traditional meal and bingo.

A golf tournament will take place at the St. Croix Golf Course in Calais on Monday.

The celebration also will feature vendors selling food as well as Passamaquoddy-made baskets, carvings, beadwork and other Native-made clothing, leather products, and arts and crafts.

For a complete schedule of activities and more information, visit www.wabanaki.com.

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