Tribes Gather for First Time in 130 Years
Tribes from Oklahoma, Nebraska and Wisconsin to gather for first time in 130 years
By Heather Payne, Public Information Officer
RED ROCK, Okla.—For the first time in more than 130 years, the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Winnebago Tribe and Ho-Chunk Nation will come together in fellowship at a historic gathering on January 20.
The three tribes were all once part of one tribe in the Great Lakes region of the United States. They are related to each other in custom, culture and language, but were separated from each other over the centuries before being confined to different reservations in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Wisconsin in the middle of the 19th century.
“This is a like a large family reunion for us,” Otoe-Missouria Encampment Committee Chairman Donnie Childs says. “The Winnebago and Ho-Chunks are our cousins.”
In December, Childs traveled to Nebraska to invite the Winnebago Tribe to attend the Otoe-Missouria Winter Encampment in Oklahoma.
“It’s been more than a century since all the tribes have been together” Childs says. “They (the Winnebago) welcomed us like long lost family. It was awesome. I’m really looking forward to this experience”
In addition, the Kiowa Gourd Clan and OKC Pow Wow Club are special guests at the dance. The Kiowa Tribe gave the Gourd Dance to the Otoe-Missouria people in the 1920’s shortly before the dance became extinct. When the dance was revived by the Kiowas in the 1950’s the Otoe-Missouria Tribe again started dancing as well.
The Otoe-Missouria Tribe hosts its annual Winter Encampment January 20 at its 7 Clans First Council Casino in Newkirk, OK. For more information visit www.omtribe.org.
Otoe-Missouria Winter Encampment Schedule
12875 North Highway 77, Newkirk, OK
January 20, 2018
1 p.m. Gourd Dance
5 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. Gourd Dance
7 p.m. Grand Entry-Contest in all adult categories
Otoe-Missouria Winter Encampment Head Staff
MC . . . . . Chairman John Shotton, Oliver Littlecook
Head Singer . . . . . Freddy Cozad
Head Gourd Dancer . . . . . Warren Queton
Head Man Dancer . . . . . Otto Hamilton
Head Lady Dancer . . . . . Andrea Kihega
2017 Princess . . . . . Ava Botone
Arena Directors . . . . . Deswood Koshiway, Leroy Enloe
Host Gourd Clan . . . . . Red Rock Creek
Special Guest . . . . . Kiowa Gourd Clan, OKC Pow Wow Club
Honored Guests . . . . Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin
Donnie Childs 405-258-8342