Festival Celebrates Muskogee Creek Indian Culture and Craft

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

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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  • by Dancing Rabbit Location: Whigham Ga. on Oct 19, 2010 at 07:38 AM
    We did have a great turn out even with the FSU game and the pumkin patch festival going on on the same day. I've been on the pow wow trail around Florida and I allways have a blast. I'm glad Tama started the pow wows back up and I can't wait to see it grow bigger and better. This year's pow wow was just outstanding. Let's have have a even better one next year!
  • by Mary Location: Whigham GA on Oct 18, 2010 at 05:28 AM
    My family are members of the Lower Muskoggee Creek Tribe and it is an honor to be able to celebrate our history and teach others about our people. We dance in honor of our ancestors and to honor all Veterans and honor those we love. If not for our Veterans and our active duty military we would not have the FREEDOM to have this opportunity. I want to Thank all those who participated in this event. It was Awesome!!
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