Native American Hand Drumming Circle Ceremony
Saturday, December 3rd 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Donation
with Grandfather Rick McBride
At 6073 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, 33415 (near Jog Rd, Southern Blvd, Forest Hill Blvd & Turnpike exit 97). Please arrive promptly: it is important for everyone to be present at the opening of the Ceremony and please note this is an INDOOR Drum Circle.
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.
Native American style hand drums and rattles only. In this drum circle, we focus on songs in the Lakota language. There will not be a call to the healing blanket as we are going to encourage people to look inward through the songs and drums to their own healing. For serious, respectful people only. Once ceremony begins you are expected to stay to the end.
Please join us. 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: www.mixedblood.info