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ISABELLA INDIAN RESERVATION Twice each year, staff at Elijah Elk Cultural Center, Seventh Generation Program organizes a celebration of new life in the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe's community by bringing the community together to welcome and honor its newest members of the community.
Saturday, July 21
The next Baby Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 21. Doors will open at 5:30 pm and will conclude with a traditional feast of Venison and Buffalo Roast with all the fixings.
Given the tragedy that struck the Isabella Indian Reservation with the murder of four year old, Carnel Chamberlain, whose body was discovered on Thursday, June 28, this event may have a special significance to the celebration of life.
This event focuses on the sacred gift of life by emphasizing the importance of the next generation with a feast and activities for the community, parents and children. Native people have always emphasized the importance of the next generation through the Seventh Generation philosophy by accepting responsibility for these new family and community members and by thinking forward about what we leave behind for them.
The road of parenthood is filled with joy and challenges as we strive to provide a good life for our children and start them on the path of life in a good way. Baby Celebration acknowledges the joy of new life by welcoming our newest arrivals and introducing them to the community and by encouraging new parents to light the fire of knowledge.
Baby Celebration is one of the core events for Elijah Elk Cultural Center Seventh Generation Program that brings community together to share in our rich cultural traditions and build unity in the tribal community. We hope you and your family will join us for this celebration of new life and help us welcome the newest members of our family and community.
Some words I find inspirational when thinking about how we live our life in a good way:
“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.”
Seventh Generationâ€™s Baby Celebration Program & Dinner
Saturday, July 21
5:30 pm edt
Elijah Elk Cultural Center for Living Culture
7957 East Remus Road
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858
posted July 7, 2012 7:40 am edt