Gathering Together for Work or Play
Every September, AIANTA produces the American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC), a gathering of tribal enterprises, Native-opwned businesses and tourism professionals from around the country.
Hosted in a different tribal location every year, the conference brings together representatives from sovereign nations throughout the United States, who meet up to re-connect, network, learn and share what’s new with their tribes.
We queried our tribal partners and other language experts and asked how they say “The Gathering” in their Native languages. (Thanks to all who participated, and as always, it’s never too late to submit your own additions.)
‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Language)
|Formal gathering, like a conference||ʻaha|
|Informal gathering, or to gather||hui|
|Gathering in celebration||hoʻolauleʻa|
Seneca Language, Seneca Nation, Salamanca, New York
|They go about gathering||hadi:es (haw-dee-ays)|
|We are gathered together; refers to people assembling, congregating, gathering together, etc. for some form of meeting||woosh kaanáx̱ wutuda.aadí|
Note: The words and phrases in this post were provided by members of the tribes listed. Spellings and translations may vary. Some words may be missing accents or symbols due to limited characters on a keyboard.
We’re happy to add your language and/or hear corrections and suggestions on spellings and translations, so feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Year of Indigenous Languages
Learn more about the year of Indigenous Languages and view more posts in AIANTA’s Native Greetings series here.
Photo credits: Top image: Indian Summer Festival, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Featured image: The Yurok Tribe.