The Potawatomi Gathering is an annual event hosted each summer by one of the 9 recognized bands of the Potawatomi located in the United States and Canada. The gathering was founded in 1994 through the vision of Wasauksing Elder Stewart King and other Tribal leaders from the Potawatomi communities. The gathering is an opportunity for members from all over North America to join together to celebrate their Potawatomi heritage, culture, resiliency and survival as a nation. The Gathering features an annual language conference, youth conference, cultural and craft workshops, sporting events, tribal meetings and powwow.
The Potawatomi Gathering is not just a social gathering but also a cultural revitalization for the Potawatomi Nation. While we have taken on different identities and even our language and our dialects are different, we are still Potawatomi. We can be apart, all over and live through the US, Canada and Mexico but when we come together, we are family. Themes for this years Gathering include the land, the water, art, custom and contemporary identity.
We are one of the only nations who continue to bring our whole nation together in an effort to build unity, sovereignty and nationhood.