Drummers at last year’s event.
Published September 22, 2017
Native American Gathering, Public Invited to Share in Culture
NEWAYGO, MICHIGAN – The second annual “We Are Still Here” Native Gathering will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24. It will take place in downtown Newaygo at Brook’s Park beginning at 11 a.m. on both days. Admission is free, everyone is welcome and families are encouraged to enjoy the Gathering together.
The Native Circle of Newaygo County is once again partnering with the Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center to bring regional Native American crafts, food, music and stories to the community.
“The Native Gathering is held to celebrate our youth, elders and the First Nations Peoples of Turtle Island”, says Larry Gouine (Chippewa), chair of the Native Circle of Newaygo County.
The event will feature demonstrations such as basketry, beading and Indigenous plant medicines. Native speakers will also talk on a variety of topics including the 1836 Treaty, American Indian Boarding Schools, Native American Veterans in Viet Nam, and the Sacredness of Water.
“This is a very family friendly event, and a unique opportunity for people in the Newaygo County area to learn about American Indians from Native people themselves,” added Mr. Gouine.
The Native Gathering will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. If you need more information you may contact Jane Fowler at 231-335-9499.