One Nation Elder’s Gathering, 2013

I find it hard to believe we are at the end of April and rounding the corner on May! So much has been going on at the Lodge it seems to make time fly! But there is yet so much more to do in preparation for the Ancient Wisdom Keeper’s Weekend.

This Gathering is a very special time for us Natives. For one thing, it is held on and around the Summer Solstice. For most North American Natives, this is a time of celebration for the start of summer and a time of abundance. It is during this time that families would come together in joyful merriment, dancing, feasting, and sometimes the witnessing of couples getting married. While we don’t have any couples getting married, we will be feasting, dancing, making music, and listening to what the Elders have to say!

This year we begin at 7:00am Friday morning, June 21st, with the lighting of the Sacred Fire. Fire is one of our sacred medicines, and this fire will burn throughout the weekend, providing everyone the opportunity to place their prayers in either a pinch of corn meal or tobacco and offering it to the fire. The Sacred Fire then turns those prayers into smoke so they can be carried up to the Creator.

Many teachings are presented during this weekend event. Historical traditions and culture can be observed and learned throughout the weekend … while listening to the Elders in circle or during one of the many breakout sessions. However, we also look to the future and speak of our desire and need as a people of many races, cultures and creeds to come together as One Nation. And we know that for that to happen, we must heal … our body, mind and spirit. So … Saturday evening we offer to everyone an opportunity to experience a traditional healing in our Sacred Arbor Circle. It is within this Arbor that the Sacred Fire and most of the weekend events are held, and it is in this Circle that the foundation of One Nation can and will be built.

This is a great time to learn about the old ways … the ways of walking as one with Mother Earth and all of creation. It is a great way of bringing balance back into your life, harmony into your breath and Being, and peace into your heart and soul.

For more information and to buy your ticket to this event, click on Tell Me More! Children 12 years of age and under are free. Discounts are available for group and family tickets.


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