Old and young gathered for the last day of the Native American Festival in Whigham today (10/17).
The public event, or Powwow, is hosted by descendants of the Muskogee Creek tribe, and takes place on their Reservation.
"What it is is a gathering of all Nations, and we come together to honor the earth and honor our Nation of Creek Indians and just be together. It's kinda like a family reunion, actually," said Powwow Co-Chair Barbara Gorman.
Festivities included a "living village", native drumming, flute players, and vendors selling hand-made, Native heritage goods.
Arguably, the highlight of the Powwow were the dances.
Reather Venable is the "Head Lady" of this year's dancing. She says after being raised in the Native American culture, she sees the importance of passing her heritage on to younger generations.
Gorman told us, "Our culture and history are not much different than they are today; we love to share our culture with other people, and that's the reason we invite them out here."
Event-goers say they were surprised to learn how many different tribes have become part of the Creek Nation over the centuries.
They say the beautiful weather and warm welcome they received will have them returning for next year's Powwow, too.
For more information on the Miskogee Creek Reservation, visit them online at muskogee-heritage.tripod.com.
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