The busy summer for the CPN Language Department includes launching the new online Potawatomi dictionary, hiring an employee, starting a 10-week class, creating a men’s powwow drumming group, teaching the Potawatomi Leadership Program students and more.
Born in Guangzhou, China, Z.S. Liang had never seen anything like Native culture before, and he wanted to share it with the rest of the world. Filling gaps in the artistic representation of Indigenous stories remains the goal of Liang’s career.
The Potawatomi use eagle feathers in ceremony, while smudging and as a part of regalia. Eagles molt from mid-March to late September, and during this time, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Eagle Aviary staff collects feathers at sunrise every day.
A study sponsored through the Oklahoma Tribal Finance Consortium found that the 38 federally recognized tribes in Oklahoma had a $12.9 billion impact on the state in 2017, directly employing more than 50,000 people and supporting 96,000 jobs to tribal citizens and non-citizens, accounting for more than $4.6 billion in wages and benefits to Oklahoma workers in 2017.
Competitions are a large part of the annual Family Reunion Festival, and this year was no different. With everything from art and competitive powwow dancing to checkers and archery, here’s a look at the winners.