The 2019 Gathering

Bringing History Home

September 11th – 13th

The annual Gathering will be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 11th – 13th. With the much anticipated Wyandot Mission being returned to Wyandotte Nation in September, this year will focus on the Mission and events prior to the Methodist and post Methodist.

Wednesday & Thursday –
After a fantastic and much talked about presentation at Little Turtles, we are happy to announce the Eagles will be returning for a second presentation at the September Gathering. You don’t won’t to miss this presentation for all ages.

You ask and we listened! Beading and moccasins have been two of the top suggested crafts and will be offered this year with several other forums. Each participant will have the option to select up to an accumulated total of 5 hours of Forum/Crafts sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. Please review the synopsis and schedule of sessions being offered before registering.

Friday –
The day will start at 7:00AM with the annual blessing at the Pow Wow grounds then back to the Bearskin Gym. The final hours of The Gathering will focus on the Walk to Remember which will take place starting at the Bearskin Gym to the Wyandotte Cemetery.

Check in will be at Bearskin Gym and open at 8:30AM on Wednesday and Thursday with Gathering activities starting at 9AM. Friday check in will open at 8:45 with Gathering activities starting at 9:15.

Those registering by Wednesday, August 21, at 9:00pm will receive a special Gathering t-shirt. Forum/Craft sessions will not be available on the registration after August 21st. Those registering after August 21st can request to be placed on a waiting list when checking in at the Gathering on Wednesday. Registration will fully close September 9th, however walk-ins are welcome.

SPECICIAL NOTICE REGARDING REGISTRATION – In order to receive a confirmation email your registration has been received you will need to include an email address when registering. Once the email has been received please review that all names you registered including yourself is listed. You can edit the registration by following the instructions in the email.
Questions or problems with registration please contact:
Courtney Cummings at 918-678-6318 or Teresa Wilson at 918-678-6385

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Schedule Of Events



8:30 – 9:00 Check in – Please check in everyday
9:00 Welcome
Opening Prayer
Introductions and special announcements
9:30 – 10:15 Wyandot – Pre Methodist
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:00 Language
11:00 – 12:00 History
11:00 – 11:25 Stewart
11:35 – 12:00 Finley
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch at Gym provided by Family Services
        Guest Speaker/Presentation:
1:30 – 2:00 Ceremony at Mission Church
2:00 – 5:00 Forums & Crafts – There will be a break from 3:30 to 3:45
2:00 – 3:30 Beading – Raised – Part 1
3:45 – 5:15 Moccasins – Pucker Toe – Part 1
2:00 – 5:15 Following will change every 30 minutes –
      Traditional Dress Guidelines
      Open History Forum
5:15 – 5:30 Evening announcements
5:30 – ???? Dinner at Fitness Center Gym – Traditional “fried chicken” dinner
7:00pm – After dinner – Social/Share Time – Come share a Wyandotte story! Tell a special family story, tell your first memory of Wyandotte, read a poem, or share with us how you learned you were Wyandotte. Even if you have nothing to share, please come and listen to others, meet new friends, & see old friends!


8:30 – 9:00 Check in – Please check in everyday
9:00 – 9:30 Wyandot – Post Methodist
9:30 – 10:30 History
9:30 – 9:55 Elliott
10:05 – 10:30 Wyandot Exhorters
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:30 Language
11:30 – 1:00 Lunch – River Bend
1:00 – 3:00 Eagle Presentation
3:00 – 3:20 Break
3:30 – 5:30 Forums & Crafts
3:30 – 4:30 Beading – Raised – Part 2
4:30 – 5:30 Moccasins- Pucker Toe
2:00 – 5:30 Following will change every 30 minutes –
      Traditional Dress Guidelines
      Open History Forum
5:30- 7:00 Dinner at Title VI – Traditional Wyandotte Dinner
7:00 – ??? Artisan Showcase – Wyandotte Cultural Center

FRIDAY (Breakfast on you own) –

7:00AM Blessing and Naming – Wyandotte Pow Wow Grounds
9:15 – 9:45 Check in – Please check in everyday
9:45 – 10:00 Morning Announcements & Walk to Remember
10:00 – 11:30 Walk to Remember –

We will walk from the Bearskin Gym to the Wyandotte Cemetery
(Bus will be available for those who cannot walk this distance)

11:30 – noon Return to Bearskin Gym for Closing (Lunch on your own)


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Craft Synopsis

Gathering Participates may select up to 5 hours between forums and crafts. (Example: Moccasin, Traditional Dress, Language, History, Choker total
4.5 hours.)
When registering you will need to add yourself and others you register and select classes for each person.
Should a session reach the size limit, the session will be removed from registration.

Moccasin: Participants will be taught how and will make their own personal custom pucker toe moccasin pattern. Using a felt mockup, participates will
learn how to stitch and will create a sample moccasin. You will take home your personal pattern, sample, instructions and list of needed supplies to allow you
to continue to practice and in your own time, make your own moccasins. Only one class is being offered. Class will be held in two parts.
Part 1 – Wednesday 3:45 to 5:15, Part 2 – Thursday 4:30 to 5:30. In order to participate you must attend Part 1 on Wednesday.

Total class time 2.5 hours.

Beading – Raised: In the early 17th century, Eastern woodland tribes began interacting with European settlers. It’s told the native women loved the
look of the lace that the English women were wearing. Even though they were not able to access the lace themselves, the native women did have access to white
glass beads. They began to use these beads on dark backgrounds to replicate the look of lace. This was the beginning of raised beadwork. We will be hosting a
beginning class of the raised beadwork style at the 2019 Wyandotte Nation Gathering. We will focus on the twisted rope and a floral design.
Only one class is being offered. Class will be held in two parts. Part 1 – Wednesday 2 to 3:30, Part 2 – Thursday 3:30 to 4:30.
(Instructor may if there is interest stay till 5) In order to participate you must attend Part 1 on Wednesday.

Total class time 2.5 hours.

The following options are based upon 30 minute sessions. Each will be offered multiple times on Wednesday from 2 to 5:15, Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30.

Chokers: Participants will make a choker of their own design. Each session will be limited to 20.

Traditional Dress Forum: This session will discuss the guidelines for Women’s age 13 and up dress, Girls age 12 and under, Men and Boys Ribbon shirts.
Guidelines such as patterns to use, who wears which style, types of materials, use of prints, placement of ribbons, collars etc.
Late arrivals or walk in are welcome.

Open History Forum: History is not just about old things, events, places, and people from the past, it’s also about the here and now.
Everything we are doing today will be the things our descendants will be interested in knowing about somewhere in the future.
Our ancestors did some pretty amazing things in the past. Come with your questions, or bring your comments, and listen as we discuss historical things;
past and present. This will be an informal and open forum where anything worthy of discussing will be discussed if time allows.

Language Forum: Here is your chance to really get to know the Wyandot language of your ancestors. These sessions are an open forum in which all
questions will be addressed. Tell me what you want to learn, and I will help you learn it. I know that people can be intimidated by the long words and
unfamiliar sounds, but I believe that can be overcome in sessions like these.

Moccasins and Beading Notice: Out of respect and to not disrupt instructor or participants, those arriving to the session more than 10 minutes after the
session starts may not receive supplies till the instructor is at a stopping point within their session.

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