Last weekend, I decided to take advantage of the long weekend and go for a short vacation. So, I planned a small getaway to Columbia City situated in northeast Indiana, United States as I heard a lot about this place. It’s a quite welcoming city, and also the county seat of Whitley County. Known for its rich cultural heritage and friendly environment, Columbia City was found in 1839.
Culture of this town reflects resemblance to culture of Native Indians. It was the perfect time when we visited the town as the whole community was busy celebrating the most awaited festival of the year called the ‘Mihsihkinaahkwa Powwow’. We were stunned at the sight of small kids and adults dressed up in Native American traditional costumes. But, we were informed that, this was the way they celebrated this festival. Loud welcoming music and noise of drums made added to the festive mood and even we participated in their activities. A circle dance around the sacred drum was performed and my kids really enjoyed viewing traditional dance style. It is said that the festival is hosted by the Miami Indians in the honor of the Little Turtle who was the Chief of Miami people. Local people of Columbia city told us the significance of this celebration and also narrated stories of the Native American military leader Little turtle.
With all the hustle and bustle in the festival, we decided to move on with our small trip. As my small kids had accompanied us, we decided to visit some parks in the town, where they could enjoy the rest of the day. We decided to visit the largest park, Morsches Park, which was close to our hotel too. The park hosts various activities for people of all the ages, so even we enjoyed along with the kids.
After spending few hours in the park, we decided to swing our ways to some great restaurants in town. The town has a store of the popular chain Dunkin Donuts. As we had kids with us, we preferred Dunkin Donuts, where kids could enjoy their favorite meal.
This small town has so much to give that we didn’t realize when an entire day came to an end. Next day, we visited some of the popular historic structures in Columbia City and got a glimpse into the rich heritage of the place. Our short trip to Columbia city was truly relaxing and interesting as we got an insight into the Native American culture.