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原住民舞者会在一年一度的Kee-Boon-Mein-Kaa节庆上表演,藉以标示黑果收获季已经退出

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在圣约瑟河(St. Joseph River)成长
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人类没有水,就活不下去。所以在水边创建村落是一件合情合理的事。

对印地安纳州的南本德(South Bend)而言,圣约瑟河永远都是他们的市中心。圣约瑟河源起密西根,流经印地安纳州,最后流入密西根湖。总长210英里。事实上,因为河道在这处转了一个大弯(great bend),所以这儿才被叫做南本德(South Bend)

长久以来,这条河川对印地安纳州极为重要,它促使人们(如:迈阿密人及波塔瓦托米族印地安人)定居在此。不久,连移民也在此落脚。首先在此定居的是1600年代的法国人,然后是西班牙人及拉丁人,而1679年的法国探险家拉萨尔(Sieur LaSalle)是第一个在圣约瑟河上航行的白人。

南本德镇在庆祝它的历史时,仍然会在圣约瑟河河岸附近举办庆典。Kee-Boon-Mein-Kaa是南本德的黑果丰收祭,由波塔瓦托米族印地安民族主办。庆典内容包括了美国印地安人的舞蹈表演、品尝美味的食物及赞赏精巧的工艺品。


People cannot live without water. So it makes sense that communities are established near significant bodies of water.

In South Bend, Indiana, the St. Joseph River has always been at the heart of the city. The St. Joseph River begins in Michigan, flows into Indiana and then into Lake Michigan. All in all, it travels a 210-mile journey. In fact, the name South Bend comes from the great bend that the river takes there.

The river has been important to Indiana for a long time, encouraging people such as the Miami and Potawatomi Indians to live there. Later, immigrants settled there as well. First it was the French in the 1600s, then the Hispanics and Latinos. The French explorer Sieur LaSalle was the first white man to float on the St. Joseph, in 1679.

The town of South Bend still celebrates its history along the St. Joseph River. Kee-Boon-Mein-Kaa is a huckleberry harvest festival in South Bend that is hosted by the Potawatomi Indian Nation. This festival includes American Indian dance performances, delicious things to eat and crafts to admire.

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