It is in my immediate plans to attend the 2010 Potawatomi Gathering held this year in Shawnee, Oklahoma and hosted by the Citizens Band Potawatomi next week. I haven't been there since the mid-1990s. The heat has held me back from going since. I've been to the other sites over the years. It is enjoyable to see people from the other bands, plus I have some first cousins who live in Shawnee. We rarely see other so we plan on having a cook-out and see who can tell the most lies. It should be a good time. My wife and grandson, Pat ko shuk, are going. He is a guy with a personality and makes friends easy. My other grandsons have promised to guard my homeplace and keep my weeds down.
There is a full schedule with some discussions about gaming the first two days. I will try and try throw in an opinion but sometimes that is hard to do when you have a room full of politicians. They have a golf tournament. The tribe owns their own course and it will be fun to try it out. I might try and get to their language sessions and listen. They are talking about "namings, prayer circles, ghost suppers, funerals, weddings, and seasonal feasts." I know a little about that but I just want to know what others do on their reservations. They have a museum that is well put together and well worth seeing for anybody. Our tribal paper wants me to write an article but I don't know. What can you add after writing about so many other gatherings. This blog is the extent of my writings anymore. Sometimes I add some stuff into my book, plus pictures. I figure somebody will want to see that some day.