Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2003 00:23:43 -0000
Subject: [nafps_again] OMG!! A Medicine Wheel Dance!
At the Rainbow Gathering in Utah:
> For directions to the 2003 Rainbow Gathering (Utah, 60> miles east of
> Saltlake City) see: www.welcomehome.org
> Rainbow 2002 - Annual Multi-Faith Gathering in the> Wilderness
> Allen Butcher, Denver, Colorado, July 2002
July 2nd Watersmeet, Ottawa National Forest, Upper Peninsula, Michigan.
> Following is an excerpt from the 8 page report....
> Evening supper was held in a meadow near the Info Center,> with > another circle of thousands holding hands and oming and> cheering.
> We sat down in the tall grass in two concentric circles> facing each > other while the food servers walked down the middle and> the > solicitors for contributions to the Magic Hat also> circulated. The
> Magic Hat funds would be used to buy more food and other> needed > items, like water. Two things I noticed was first a woman> walking > around the circle giving a quiet blessing at ten foot> intervals or > so over the people as they ate, motioning the Catholic> sign of the > cross at each stop. The second thing I noticed was all> the black dragonflies. Evidently they had just hatched in large
> numbers and > were zooming around deftly avoiding people while eatin every> mosquito in the field, providing for us humans a pleasant> supper in > the tall grass, undisturbed by the insects with which we> shared the > meadow. Blessed are the dragonflies.>
> After supper I met up with a friend who knew about an> event planned > to take place at the Indigenous Elders' Camp. By dark we arrived at
> a clearing that had been blessed and otherwise prepared> for a Native American creation ritual called the Medicine Wheel Dance.
> A group of two to three hundred people listened while a> couple > different people explained how last year in Idaho a> Native American elder who attended the Gathering had a vision of the> Rainbow Family > as a new tribal nation. This was certainly nothing new as people have been having such visions since the first Rainbow Gathering 30
> years before in 1972. Yet this person was part of a> network of Native American tribal elders that travels around to various tribes to help them with rediscovering and reclaiming and> renewing their
> tribal traditions and culture. It was never said what tribes the Elders present were from nor what language was used for the prayer > offered. Nor was it explained which culture the Medicine
> Wheel Dance > was from, but it began with our filing out into the clearing clockwise around the path that had been made in a circle, then along
> the two lines bisecting the circle and marking the four> directions.