Family Camp 2011

 Mni Wiconi Wacipi
“Living Waters Powwow” and Family Camp
Four days of fun, food, fellowship in an indigenous, deeply relational setting

 What do you have when you get 300 Native Americans and non-natives together for fun, food, and fellowship over a long weekend? You've got the Mni Wiconi Wacipi “Living Waters Powwow” and Family Camp hosted by Wiconi International at the Aldersgate Conference Center in Turner, Oregon.

This 7th annual gathering was our largest with over 300 attending the four-day camp.  On Saturday, almost 1000 people from the community and surrounding areas joined us for our traditional, intertribal, non-competition powwow. In the evening, all were invited to enjoy a free Polynesian luau dinner prepared and served by our indigenous friends from the South Pacific led by Paul O'toko.

Maori Haca


George Fox assistant professor and author Dr. Randy Woodley, Cherokee, shared about how big Jesus is.  He highlighted how “we need to understand who Jesus is and who you are.” He related how all the ways we think of Jesus are too small compared to who He is.” 

Other great speakers included Bill Gowey, Yaqui, Dan Mosley, Paiute, Delvina Kejick, Cree, and Vincent Yellow Old Woman, Siksika. Our Sharing Circles addressing pressing issues like childraising, cultural identity and indigenous faith rounded out the rest of our gathering times.

Again, a highlight of this year's camp was a terrific Talent Show on Friday night which included great music, slam poetry, an illusion act, comedy, and, of course, some great round dances.

The Fast Way Down 

Creek Time!

Up We Go! 

For the youth, the ropes obstacle course was a favorite as was the water slide and cruising down the creek in inner tubes.

The big highlight of the weekend was our annual traditional powwow on Saturday. Once again Vincent Yellow Old Woman, Siksika, from Alberta, Canada, along with Bryan Brightcloud, Apache, from Los Angeles, served as Masters of Ceremonies.  They were joined by Arena Director Phil Montana, Lakota, from Portland and Headman Dancer Sergio Dominquez, Athabaskan, and  Head Lady Dancer Anastasia McAllister, Hopi, Blackfeet, Flathead.

Traditions of the Next Generation


Future Generation

This year 14 drum groups co-hosted by Four Directions from Portland and Starhorse from Warm Springs, led 95 dancers.  Other principal drum groups were Cante Waste “Good Heart” from Vancouver and White Wolf from the Yakama Reservation.

Due to the generosity of many, Wiconi was able to offer full or partial scholarships to many families and individuals who otherwise could not afford to attend. Some came from as far as Maryland, Manitoba, New Mexico, Texas, South Dakota, Arizona Colorado and North Carolina.

When asked about Family Camp, Cameron, a young Native man from the Yakama Reservation in Eastern Washington, said, “It's a good vibe for me to be here...I learn about God, my cultural ways, and meet people of other tribes from all over the country.”

“I get to meet new people,” says Samantha, “and the friends I've met since I first started coming to Family Camp are like my second family.”

"Hau Kola" (Hello Friend)

Robert stated that he and his family had attended the powwow for the past three years and this year decided they wanted to take in all of Family Camp.

What sets Wiconi's Family Camp apart from other camps is that we have an integrated indigenous worldview and we recognize that all life comes from a loving Creator whom we embrace in Jesus. Our approach is spiritual, intuitive, fluid, and we try to be as deeply relational as possible. We try to be as non-time oriented as possible. 

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Click on this YouTube Link to Watch a Beautiful Slideshow of Highlights from our 2011 Gathering.   





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