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The Menominee and Oneida Nations invite you to the historic Charles A. Grignon Mansion in Kaukauna for a day of Native American dancing, crafts and food on June 24. Grab your lawn chairs and make your way down to the Mansion to see the Menominee Woodland Boys & Girls Club perform dances featuring traditional stories at 1 p.m. Men and boys will perform the Menominee Fish Dance symbolizing the return of the sturgeon to their spawning beds which, in turn, will promise a good harvest. Women and girls will perform the Swan Dance celebrating the return of spring by mimicking the migration of our feathered friends. The Oneida Smoke Dancers will also be performing. Visitors can feel free to take part in some social dances too.

Crafts will be available for children before and after the performance and a historian will also be talking about Menominee history in Wisconsin. Indian tacos, hamburgers and brats will be available for purchase as well as the ever-popular fry bread, a traditional food Native Americans serve at home and gatherings. Recipes vary between tribes and the Menominee and Oneida Nation invite you to try their own rendition. A twist on the crowd-favorite, Indian tacos are traditional tacos served on fry bread.

The Woodland Boys & Girls Club hope to pass on knowledge of Menominee traditions to the youth, as well as the community through song and dance. The Mansion will also be open for docent-led tours from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. as well as from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tour admission prices can be found at www.gringonmansion.org or by calling 766-6106.

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