"For my family, the Gathering was a celebration of both the uniqueness and the commonality of Native heritage.
For children, especially when they are far from their culture, it can be very difficult to accept, much less embrace, that culture. Events like the Gathering, with hundreds of people of all colors, neighbors, new and old friends, people who have never experienced Native culture, to all come together and hold hands and dance to the heartbeat of the drum...for me, at that moment, the Spirit of the Gathering was manifest.
Watching my children play and dance with friends they have made at pow wows, as well as getting to share their culture with classmates, is something they will always remember, and something to which I will always be grateful. Hoho'u'
– Joseph Clay Morris – Volunteer for The Gathering
Embrace the Spirit