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Near Arpin in Wood County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Indian Dance Rings

 
 
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By Keith L, June 28, 2007
1. Indian Dance Rings Marker
Inscription. In early spring, the native ceremonial dances took place here. At their conclusion the Indians returned to their firesides amid chants and the symbolic beat of drums to thank the Great Spirit for the Spring's return. Indians from other tribes attended these rites, coming from other counties and neighboring states. Some arrived by train, alighting at Arpin, which was the nearest station. The Winnebagos of Wood County regularly came to these Potowatomi ceremonies. The dances of Thanksgiving took place in July. The drums beat again, the sound of chanting filled the summer air. Warriors addressed the assembly between chants. The women joined in the chanting, but did not dance. Although the ceremonies followed a sacred pattern, the rites varied from day to day. The fourth and last day the Indians appeared in their best dress, often in full regalia, their faces painted in brilliant colors. White visitors were allowed to witness the ceremonies, but the taking of any pictures was strictly prohibited.
 
Location. 44° 31.746′ N, 90° 4.298′ W. Marker is near Arpin, Wisconsin, in Wood County. Marker can be reached from Bluff Drive west of County Highway E, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in Powers Bluff County Park, near the top of the
Indian Dance Rings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 28, 2007
2. Indian Dance Rings Marker
bluff. Marker is in this post office area: Arpin WI 54410, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Geological History of Powers Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); Powers Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Bill Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Slidre Evangelical Lutheran Church and Cemetery (approx. 5.7 miles away); City Foundersí Cemetery (approx. 6.7 miles away); Prisoners of War (approx. 7.2 miles away); World's Largest Round Barn (approx. 9.9 miles away); Hamilton & Catherine Roddis House (approx. 10.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arpin.
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,018 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 11, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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