Dance as Caretakers!
Dance in Celebration!
Dance Knowing They Are the Earth!
Included are the telling of the ceremony's origin, teaching & Ceremony of Earth Renewal, the Give-away Ceremony, and Feast of Plenty. You do not have to be familiar with this ceremony in advance. A complete teaching and extension of the Earth Renewal into your life is conducted for all newcomers.
The Earth Renewal is danced for four worlds (rounds) as a short dance, or all-day running from sun-up to sun-down.
Women in their moon-time may attend this ceremonial if they desire. They do not dance nor pay any fee and sit, honored, in prayer during the dance, painted with red earth for their protection. They may participate in the Give-Away and Feast.
Drummers, singers and supporters are always encouraged to come and assist.
Bring a personal possession to release in the Give-Away Ceremony (no feathers or crystals), pot-luck dish for the Feast and a folding chair or similar to sit on.
Here is an article by Nick that offers description of the Durango/Ignacio Earth Renewal.
Sweat Lodge - This ceremony is somewhat familiar to many and is run traditionally with four rounds or doors. It includes a small lodge where the participants pray while water is poured on hot rocks. Like the steam purifying the body, the Grandfather Fire power purifies the soul and spirit.
Eagle is called for the assistance of the participants, and the lodge itself becomes the cave or womb of the Great White Mother Bear, she who purifies the spirits. Traditional songs are sung, and each participant receives opportunity to verbalize their prayers.
Appropriate sweat clothes are a sweat dress or comparable for women, shorts for men. A potluck is held afterwards.
Note: Women in their moon-time do not sweat. (If you would like more information on the traditional knowledge and protection of women in their moon-time, you may read the article titled Gift of the Moon by Nicholas Noble Wolf.Coming of Age - Nicholas works with boys who desire to make the step from the side of the women to the place of the Man. Support from one or more parents is required.