Indian Dance Rings

Photographed September 17, 2014
Arpin, Wood County, Wisconsin
44.529333,-90.072023

INDIAN
DANCE RINGS
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.
The marker is located adjacent to the parking lot at the top of the bluff at Powers Bluff County Park, on Park Roads, north of its intersection with Bluff Drive, Arpin, Wisconsin 54410.

NOTE: Once you enter the park off Bluff Drive, just follow the steep road to the top. You'll arrive at the bluff where there's a huge park and parking lot. The marker is adjacent to the parking lot. The bright orange and yellow marker is impossible to miss.


Potowatomi History

Because of Native American religious and ceremonial activities that occurred here, "Tah-qua-kik" has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Wisconsin: Wood County

There are several more historical markers / sites at Powers Bluff County Park:


The bright orange and yellow marker is impossible to miss.

At the park entrance.

Looking up Bluff Drive from County Highway E.

Signage at the intersection of Bluff Drive and County Highway E.

Looking down Bluff Drive towards County Highway E.


Gorgeous fall colors along the way.

Signage at the intersection of County N and County E.

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