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Drum Circle in Support of Standing Rock

Drumming in Support of Standing Rock

Saturday December 3  4:30pm to 6:00 pm    donation

Grandfather Rick McBride

There is great power to do good when we come together to pray. Drumming has long been understood as a prayer when we dedicate ourselves to it. The Protecters of Mini Wiconi (Sacred Water) have stood their ground now for several months, even as the temperatures drop and emotions heat up. The government, in its many incarnations, is starting to show its true nature; violence against its own citizens.

Your tax dollars are funding them.

The most powerful way to counter this is through actions such as Standing Rock. And prayer in support of those out there taking the abuse from a government that positions itself in the world as the One and Only True Champion of Human Rights and the Rights of Nature.

If you do not have a drum or rattle there will be drums and rattles to share. Older children are welcome when accompanied by a parent. There is no charge for Ceremony, but donations are accepted to support the continuation of the circle. It is traditional for women to wear skirts or dresses to Native American Ceremony. Please arrive promptly; it is important for everyone to be present at the start of the Ceremony.

Rick McBride is mixedblood Tsalagi (Cherokee) who has walked the Red Road for over 30 years. He was named Cante Lute (Schan-tay Lou-tuh) by the spirits through his sundance chief, which means Red Heart. He is a sundancer and has been traditionally trained and authorized to lead ceremonies, such as inipi (purification lodge), prayer with the Canunpah (Pipe), drum healing and so forth. He has been publicly teaching these ways for some ten years now. Workshops and lectures are one way to learn from the wisdom of Indian Country. Ceremony brings this knowledge to life. Combined, teaching and ceremony render practical guidance to everyday living. And so, Rick sees his role as that of "translator" of indigenous ways so that mainstream-educated people get the full benefit of these ways. It has taken him years of dedicated interaction with many Elders, as well as his activities as a ceremonial leader to get to this place in his life. 

For further information, visit his website: https://mixedblood.info

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