August 07, 2009 –
Kids take a rest from playing on the playground in Prairie Peoples Park.
Cecilia “Meeks” Jackson displaying her vendor sign. Her family is selling refreshments at the Gathering.
Gary Cooper & Blue Feather entertained the crowd during supper.
A language presentation was held that involved children and only Potawatomi language was spoken.
One of the language plays put on by the adults.
The PBPN Language Department has taught several classes this year and the actors seen here were students in the classes.
A male model shows off his Potawatomi fashion style at an evening fashion show.
A Potawatomi woman showcases her regalia.
Children also participated in the show.
Bernadette Lewis, PBPN, was an elder model.
Elaine and Christian Frank, Forest County Potawatomi, were models and are also Gathering princess candidates. They live in Lawrence, Kansas.
The rest of the evening consisted of another Karaoke/Single Mingle and an informal pow-wow also rounded out the rest of the activities.
Walpole Island First Nations unloaded this morning off of their bus. This group is staying in nearby Topeka, Kan.
Breakfast was served to get the day started.
Early risers enjoyed a fun walk that was organized for Gatherers around the park.
A pool tournament began this morning and continued throughout the day at the Firekeepers Elder Center on the reservation. A golf tournament was also held in Topeka.
A softball tournament began and will continue through tomorrow. The ball field is at 158 Rd and K Rd in the housing complex behind the Fire Station.
The Language Conference continued at the Casino and elder fluent speakers gave a presentation. At noon the participants lunched with the Youth Leadership Conference attendees who also met today.
Ten students, who won an essay contest during the Youth Leadership Conference, were taken to the mall last night and awarded some professional clothes which they modeled on a runway at the luncheon today.
Students also listened to motivational speakers Harmony Rice, Chance Rush, and Robert Johnston throughout the conference. Johnston got several of the youth and audience involved in this highly interactive presentation after lunch.
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