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Gathering of the nations

Sunday, May 11, 2008

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The public is invited to the second annual All Nations Gathering in Parke County on May 31-June 1. More than 2,000 people attended 2007 event in which performers from all the attending tribes joined with spectators inside the sacred circle to celebrate the occasion in dance. Times Staff File Photo.
The Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana invites the public to attend the second All Nations Gathering at their village in Parke County May 31-June 1.

The gathering allows people from all walks of life to come together and join in the spirit of friendship while learning about the ongoing history and culture of Native American tribes.

More than 2,000 people attended last year's event to experience the history and culture of Native American Indians through storytellers, tomahawk throwing, weaponry and leather working demonstrations and many period vendors, most dressed in the regalia of their respective tribes.

One of the highlights of the event is the Grand Entry performance. Performers from all the attending tribes are blessed in a smudging ceremony before entering inside the sacred circle to celebrate the occasion in dance. Once the dance begins, spectators have the opportunity to be invited to participate in the dance inside the sacred circle.

The event is just three-miles east of Raccoon Lake on United States Road 36. Parking is free with the village gates opening at 10 a.m. There will be a $3 admission charge for adults, with children under 12 admitted for free.

For more information about the Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana, please log onto their website at www.miamiindians.org.



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