Miami Nation Hosts Winter Gathering

Published 01/25 2014 05:52PM

Updated 01/25 2014 10:48PM

MIAMI, OK -- More than 50 people celebrate their heritage in Miami. Members of the Miami Nation held their 18th Annual Winter Gathering this weekend at the Miami Nation Council House. Tribes from all over Oklahoma came out for gourd and stomp dances, followed by a chili dinner.

Tribe members say dancing is a way to celebrate their freedom and the company surrounding them. They say the gathering helps instill a sense of community within the tribe.

"This Winter Gathering is nothing more than a tribal get-together so everybody can meet the elders and kind of feel good about one another and meet and greet family members and just have a good time," said one man attending the event.

The event began yesterday morning and wrapped up tonight.

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