TWIGH TWEE - HEARTBEAT OF OUR NATION
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The Miami Nation of Indiana Tribal Drum is the Twigh Twee. She is brought out during closed tribal functions that are explicitly spiritual and/or tribally sensitive to our culture.
The Miami Nation has several Drums located throughout the tribe. There are currently 4 family drums and the Twigh Twee.
There are several men that give their time to particpate all throughout the State and sometimes even span across to Michigan, Illinois and Ohio. Meet these individuals:
Chief Brian Buchanan is the Principal Chief and usually participates at every function. Chief Buchanan was gifted Grandmothers Song (Godfroy Drum) by his parents in which his Brother , Steve Buchanan, keeps in his home. Chief Buchanan is a Product/Process Engineer for the Development Group at BAE Systems. He works on Engine and Flight Controls for the company. He is a single Father of 2, son (Daniel) and daughter (Katelyn), whom are now grown.
KYLE DUNNAGAN - Kyle resides in Wabash County. He has been drumming since he could walk. He learned to drum watching his father, Steve. Kyle has a full time job and also works at the Tribal Center calling Bingo. In between those times, he tries to be available for drumming events that he can support.
BRAD BUCHANAN - Brad lives in Parke County and runs the family business, The Tiki Hut. Brad has been drumming for about 10 years. Through all of the demands of being a Representative on many County Boards, he still finds time to support the drum when needed.
TROY BUCHANAN - Troy is a resident of Lizton, Indiana. Troy is the Grandson of the late Francis Buchanan. Troy has been drumming for about 10 years and is available when needed. Troy is married and has 3 children and enjoys coaching his kids in his spare time. He enjoys boating, hunting and camping.
ALLEN DUNNAGAN - Al is the Bingo Operator for the Tribe and he is the Tribal Treasurer. Al has numerous duties but still finds time to help on the Drum when needed.
NATE MONGOSA - Nate is a resident of Miami County and is employed by the Miami Correctional Facility. Nate has been drummin for about 10 years and tries to be available for drumming events as possible.
In memory of Clyde Hayslett:
In memory of Tanner Hayslett: