11th Annual Wyandotte Nation Gathering
September 11-12, 2014
This year we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Wyandotte Nation Powwow. I invite you to come and learn the traditions and history of powwow, and how it fits into our Wyandotte culture today. Does powwow fit into our culture today? You bet it does! During the two day activities we will demonstrate the dances of powwow, and you can learn to social dance along with essential powwow etiquette. Men will make a bandolier and the women will make a shawl; plus, kids will have an age appropriate craft – it’s always good to take something home. As a special treat this year Wyandotte citizen Robert Franklin is firing up his grill and preparing a feast of mega proportions. Come Thursday evening and enjoy grilled, smoked, and BBQ pork as only Robert can prepare. It is a great time to meet old and make new friends, a perfect time to socialize at the Wyandotte Nation Annual Gathering.
In a more traditional setting, also on Thursday night, we will host a stomp dance. Our great and lasting friends from the Shawnee Tribe are coming to lead and shake. It will be a wonderful time to celebrate being Wyandotte. It will also be a wonderful time to come and show respect and appreciation to our eternal friends – the Shawnee!
Please register online today. We need to know that you are coming so enough food can be prepared and materials purchased for your bandolier and shawl.
Starting this year Culture Days is changing its name to The Gathering. Culture Days has truly become a time to gather Wyandottes from across this vast country. As our citizens come to Wyandotte for the first time, or return home after being gone a long time, we hope lifelong memories will be made and friendships claimed. We invite everyone to come! We would like to see citizens that live in the general Wyandotte, Oklahoma vicinity come in unprecedented numbers! Even if you cannot come, or do not desire to come to the daily activities please come to the dinner and stomp dance on Thursday evening. If you feel uncomfortable dancing - NO PROBLEM! I too am uncomfortable dancing – most Wyandottes are! Bring your lawn chair (and mosquito spray) and watch the stomp dance from afar as the unmistakable sound of the shakers fill the Wyandotte evening.
Until the closing of this years activities we will continue to refers to The Gathering as Culture Days. The name has become familiar to everyone over the last ten years, but the time for change has come. The Wyandotte Nation Annual Gathering is calling you to come home.
See you on September!
Culture Committee Chairman
Click here for the 2014 Culture Days – The Gathering schedule.