Community , Culture

2020 WahZhaZhe Cultural Encampment scheduled April 25-26

Photo caption: Participants of the 10th Annual Cultural Encampment gather for a group photo before breakfast on Oct. 21, 2018. SHANNON SHAW DUTY/Osage News

The 2020 WahZhaZhe Cultural Encampment is scheduled April 25-26 at the Osage Nation Ranch west of Pawhuska.

Now in its 11th run, the Cultural Encampment is an overnight camping experience held outside. Participation is open to enrolled Osages only and registration will begin on March 2, according to a news release.

“In the past, the encampment has been offered in the Fall season. This year, we are innovating the encampment season to the Spring of 2020,” according to the announcement on the encampment date. “We plan to provide the same cherished experiences as last year, but in a seasonal setting that allows more hours of daylight for the planned cultural activities. We will maintain our campsite at the Osage Nation Ranch, formerly known as the Bluestem Ranch.”

Hosted by the WahZhaZhe Cultural Center, the overnight encampment experience is an evolvement from the Cultural Walk formerly held at the Oklahoma/ Kansas state line on the Mullendore Ranch. The Cultural Encampment at the ON Ranch debuted in October 2018 with more than 150 participants attending.

Attendees will be responsible for bringing their own camping tent gear, sleeping bags and climate-appropriate clothing. Various cultural presentations and workshops will be held and meals will be prepared at the campsite.

Registration is required for the Cultural Encampment and application packets will be available starting March 2 and registration will be open through April 3.

For additional information on the encampment or other WCC services, director Addie Hudgins can be reached at (918) 287-5537 or email jhudgins@osagenation-nsn.gov

The WCC website is located at https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/who-we-are/cultural-center