BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Ouachita Cherokee hosted The Gathering of the Clans on Saturday, October 15th at the Polk County Fairgrounds. The Gathering of the Clans is a fall festival and a time of coming together in thankfulness for all things.
Featured this year were Patrick Oyebi’s Intertribal Singers & Dancers from Talequah, Oklahoma. The dancers were part of the opening ceremonies and danced their way through the beat of the drum and songs of thankfulness and blessings.
Tommy Young from the Wildlife Hospital had his Birds of Prey on hand. Steve Mosely shared his flint knapping talents throughout the day.
Sue Straw, an award winning flutist and storyteller offered stories and a beginners native flute workshop. Many more activities filled the day. The day ended with the Sacred Fire, where Cherokee West citizens put the fire to sleep for the winter.