After an introductory session Friday evening, the Gathering officially begins on Saturday with a Sunrise Ceremony around the Sacred Fire (hotchka). This honoring of the Elders and each other sets the tone for further sharing throughout the Gathering. This Sacred Fire is tended at all times and is open to everyone to offer prayers, commune with the Fire, and visit quietly. Much healing and learning occurs in this sacred space through chance meetings, songs, and lessons from the Firekeeper.
When coming together for the opening forum, it becomes clear why we need a variety of tribes representing their different traditions. The diversity of the cultures springs from the diversity of nature. Elder-led discussions include many aspects of their culture from food to prayer ties, spirit guides, drumming and dancing, the importance of storytelling, or the meaning of the Medicine Wheel. Elders often ask attendees to submit questions so all needs may be addressed. Spirit may guide the discussion which can lead Elders to tell jokes or stories, or invite us to join them in singing or drumming. They like to keep the energy moving.
We cherish the Elders and the opportunity to show our respect for them, their knowledge, and wisdom. We seek to restore their prominence in the conversation between cultures in the United States and around the world. That is why we gather in the beautiful Flint Hills to listen. We listen as hard as we can because these are the precious voices that have been missing in the broad cultural conversation that began centuries ago. Hearing these voices will help us to heal personally, culturally, and globally while providing an invaluable perspective on the question, “How can we honor diverse cultures, honor Mother Nature, and live together in peace?”
Please join us for our annual weekend Gathering to both share and find inspiration in that which is seen and unseen. Be a part of the extraordinary vision and common purpose in restoring balance to our Mother Earth for the sake of many generations to come.
Contact: Pat Embers (785-539-2819)