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Area Native Americans came together Sunday for a gathering in Columbiana County to show and teach the public about their culture and traditions.
Tribes from across the Valley spent the day celebrating their culture during the Whispering Wyndz Spring Gathering at the Crestview Auction Grounds in Leetonia.
“It’s just a friendship time, and you don’t have to be native to be here,” said event organizer Spirit Horse.
The Native American groups welcomed the public to come out to learn more and even take part in many of their traditions.
“We want to show and we want to teach the public what we do. Our dances, songs, our traditions,” said Spirit Horse.
They did a dance to recognize all the mothers, in celebration of Mother’s Day.
“The mothers are the givers of life,” said Spirit Horse. “And, we respect our wives. We respect our mothers, our grandmothers. We respect what they have done for us.”
Those in attendance, Native Americans and non-Natives alike, believe events like this can help us all learn more about each other and other cultures.
“I think communication is a good thing,” said Dee Logan of Cleveland. “The more we communicate with each other, the more we understand each other and enjoy each other, the better it would be for everyone.”
“It’s a wonderful thing to put on gatherings like this for the local people to come out and explore a new culture,” added Scott Lewis of West Virginia.
The Whispering Wyndz Tribe plans to host the gathering again next year.
“We want the general public to get involved with us,” said Spirit Horse.