We will not in our limited knowledge hold an actual sweat here but a gathering, a talking about our loved ones, and to bring their memories to this living tradition. The Independence tribe will be sharing its culture, history and heritage through a number of cultural events, including dances, interpretive displays and good old fashioned fellowship
One night Happy, Caryl and I were sitting around the "Ceremonial Circle", and watched the sun light play on the surface of this tree it was decided it would be another place to build an altar. Talver Germany Miller - Grandma's Tree, painted the vertical mural to honor Michelle, as the sunflower was one of her favorite colors.
Altar installation Trainer
Turtle Shell Sculpture, Anita conducted sessions each day so each participate could leave their mark in the community project. She fired all the slabs on Tuesday night, and we began painting then on Wednesday night in the studio.
Building the Environment:
The circle is set up like a coliseum with an amphitheater, an area for guest to sit made from logs already cut. To the north I have a place for the staging, and to the East I have our altar to the land, and to grandmother's tree.
We are using the four directions, and creating a narrative for storytelling, poetry, positive affirmations, and remembering, so each "Spirit Keeper" will take part in the storytelling.
YaYa and I drove to the Buena Vista Rancheria on Sunday afternoon. She was performing at the8th annual Louie & Anne Oliver Memorial Day Come Back, MeWuk Native American. Buena Vista Me-Wuk Indians have been living on aboriginal tribal land of what later became Amador County since at least 1817. I can't put into words just yet of the experience. It was like one big family reunion, lots of food, fun, and tribal dancing. There was also an Inipi, (Ceremonial Purification Circle), that I was able to visit, but not have had the spiritual experience yet. I would like to spend time fasting, and cleansing before attending a ceremony.