<![CDATA[The Gathering 2017 - Catch the Spirit of \"The Gathering\"]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:54:36 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Listen to a Live Lumbee Agri-Culture Interview Recorded during Lumbee Days at the American Indian Smithsonian to Air Sept. 10-12]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 01:58:37 GMThttp://harvestgathering.org/catch-the-spirit-of-the-gathering/listen-to-a-live-lumbee-agri-culture-interview-recorded-during-lumbee-days-at-the-american-indian-smithsonian-to-air-sept-10-12LIVE RADIO INTERVIEW to AIR during four times between Sunday - Tuesday Sept. 10 -12 internationally on DreamVisions7Radio The Human Accelerator The Second Genesis Awakening Radio Show with Lumbee Native American Indians Rene’ Locklear White Sanctuary on the Trail™  Dr. Freda Porter Lumbee Tribal Administrator and Cynthia Locklear with Cyna’s Jewelry recorded live during Lumbee Days  Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian International Live Radio based on US Eastern Standard Time.

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<![CDATA[Natural Decorations Needed for The Gathering 2017]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:03:51 GMThttp://harvestgathering.org/catch-the-spirit-of-the-gathering/natural-decorations-needed-for-the-gathering-2017We are collecting these and other natural materials to make the Clarke County Fairgrounds beautiful for our Native American fall celebration.
For DROP OFF or PICK UP please contact our Volunteer Coordinator:
​Chris Anderson at 
(540) 860-1988 or info4TheGathering@gmail.com 
If you want your item returned to you, please place your name and contact information on the item. Our Decoration Committee Head is Anne Rose Please contact us at info4thegathering@gmail.com if you have natural materials to share - and be creative! You don't have to put it together. Our volunteers will organize all the parts and pieces we receive.
Flower Heads
Seed Pods
Iteresting Tree Stumps
Dried Hydrangea Blossoms
Hay / Straw Bales
Corn Stalks
Natural Sprays of Evergreen Boughs
Arrangements of Dried Flowers
Bark Baskets
Twists of Honeysuckle v
Vines Intertwined with Sumac and Teasel
Seeking Donations of Natural Materials donated or borrowed.

Do you have a field with grasses, flower heads or seed pods, woods filled with interesting tree stumps or logs, dried hydrangea blossoms?  

We are collecting these and other natural materials to make the Clarke County Fairgrounds beautiful for our Native American fall celebration.

These materials will supplement the pumpkins, gourds, hay bales and corn stalks to make the grounds complement our vision of celebrating the harvest.

For the first  Gathering we received wonderful complements on the all-natural decorations with sprays of evergreen boughs, arrangements of dried flowers arranged in bark baskets, twists of honeysuckle vines intertwined with sumac and teasel...

We are very grateful to our decorating committee headed by Anne Rose a cadre of volunteers.  Join us?
<![CDATA[Representing the Apsaalokke Nation, Supaman Headlines The Gathering Harvest Festival Oct. 21-22]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:26:51 GMThttp://harvestgathering.org/catch-the-spirit-of-the-gathering/representing-the-apsaalokke-nation-supaman-headlines-the-gathering-harvest-festival-oct-21-22


​     As a member of the “Apsaalooke Nation”, Supaman makes his home on the Crow reservation in Montana. “Supaman” Is Christian Takes Gun Parrish, a Native American dancer and innovative hip hop artist who has dedicated his life to empowering and spreading a message of hope through culture and music.
     He has been the recipient of the Nammy “Native American Music Award”, “North American Indigenous Image Award”, and  7 “Tunney Awards”. He recently was awarded  The Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award in Canada for best video and was voted MTV’s new Artist of the Week!
     His latest video’s titled “Prayer Loop Song” and “Why” both have gone viral and have received over 2 million views on youtube and facebook which has put him in high demand touring extensively throughout the U.S.A and internationally.
     He has performed for Google at the Google headquarters in San Francisco and got to dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. He recently was asked to audition for America’s Got Talent and the Broadway play Hamilton.  
     Christian’s presentation combines Native American culture and urban hip hop culture which dazzles audiences and captivates listeners. For this he has gained the respect of his culture and generation. The communicative talent along with the compassion that exudes from his music allows him to connect with people from all walks of life.
​     His uncanny ability to motivate, encourage, and inspire through dance, and hip hop music keeps him at the forefront among his contemporaries. 
"I strive to inspire & motivate while honoring the generations who've come before me through art, culture and design. My goal is to light up the darkness by igniting the fire for positive change in all of us through music and visual medicine. May we unite as human beings in peace, love, respect and honor"!  -- Christian Takes Gun Parrish "Supaman"​
<![CDATA["The Gathering" Draws Strength from Lumbee Unity]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:39:12 GMThttp://harvestgathering.org/catch-the-spirit-of-the-gathering/the-gathering-draws-strength-from-lumbee-unityThank You for Letting the Spirit of The Gathering Embrace You Lumbee People
BERRYVILLE VA - Members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina are showing up in solidarity for this new movement in humanity, called "The Gathering" held in Northern Virginia. The executive director, arena director, drum singers, several dancers, and a few special guests originate from North Carolina's Lumbee Tribe, largest Native American Tribe east of the Mississippi River.
     On Oct. 21-22 Lumbee Indians and other Native American Indigenous people from the four directions will converge here in the Shenandoah Valley, along with thousands of visitors to celebrate the fall harvest with dance and music through community.
PictureThe Gathering Executive Director Rene' Locklear White with her daughter Kara are both Lumbee. Photo: The Gathering 2015 by Peter PJ Thorn Photography.

     "​We come from Siouan tribes, most prominent were the Cheraw and Keyauwee," said Rene' Locklear White, executive director for The Gathering. 
     "State officials recognized us as Indian in 1885," Rene said.  "During the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, Indian agents attempted to resettle us. Our people had grown in solidarity, even though remnants of our ancestral languages faded by 1939. Then, in 1956 (only 61 years ago), Congress passed the Lumbee Act and we all received the name “Lumbee.’”  We became a new tribe a conglomerate of Indigenous branches grafted into one tree, connected by Spirit."
     The Spirit of The Gathering 2017 calls all people into "one hoop," "a new tribe" to celebrate humanity. The Gathering is Oct. 21-22 at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville, Va. 
​     Events like The Gathering provide the means of preserving a heritage valuable to all. 
     Group and individual discounted advance tickets are available online. General Admission is $7, Kidz age 4 and Under FREE. Funds generated from this event go towards scholarships for dancers and musicians.
The Gathering Arena Director Louis E. Campbell is Lumbee and Blackfoot. “My goal is to spread as much truth and knowledge about Native American Culture as I can, and to keep our traditions alive through our children.” Photo: The Gathering 2015 by Peter PJ Thorn Photography.
     H.R. 2352 BILL, when passed, will amend the Lumbee Recognition Act of June 7, 1956, to extend federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and make its members eligible for the services and benefits provided to members of federally recognized tribes.
     ​Several members of the Lumbee Tribe participate in The Gathering, an education celebration of agr-culture held in Northern Virginia.
Dave Locklear, Lumbee with Thundervoice Drum and Singers composed of Tuscarora, Monacan, Rappahannock, Upper Mattaponi, Haliwa-Saponi and other tribes, a great example of “unity” within community within a circle around the sacred drum. Listen to them during The Gathering Oct. 21-22 at the Clarke County Fairgrounds.
The Lumbee War Paint Drum and Singers will perform at The Gathering Oct. 21-22, 2017 at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville, Va.
<![CDATA[We Have A Story to Tell - Native Peoples of the Chesapeake Region (Guide for Teachers Grade 9-12)]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:08:42 GMThttp://harvestgathering.org/catch-the-spirit-of-the-gathering/we-have-a-story-to-tell-native-peoples-of-the-chesapeake-region-guide-for-teachers-grade-9-12
For the Native Americans of the Chesapeake region—past, present, and future. We honor your strength and endurance. Thank you for welcoming us to your Native place. Education Office of the National Museum of the American Indian 

Coauthors, Researchers: Gabrielle Tayac, Ph.D. (Piscataway), Edwin Schupman (Muscogee)
Contributing Writer: Genevieve Simermeyer (Osage)
Editor: Mark Hirsch
Reviewers: Leslie Logan (Seneca), Clare Cuddy, Kakwireiosta Hall (Cherokee/Mohawk), Benjamin Norman (Pamunkey)
Additional Research: Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, Ph.D., Buck Woodard (Lower Muscogee Creek), Angela Daniel, Andy Boyd
Design: Groff Creative Inc.
Special Thanks: Helen Scheirbeck, Ph.D. (Lumbee); Sequoyah Simermeyer (Coharie), National Congress of American Indians; NMAI Photo Services

All illustrations and text © 2006 NMAI, Smithsonian Institution, unless otherwise noted. 

<![CDATA[Painted Pony Art Challenge promotes Horses and The Gathering at Clarke County Fair -- Deadline to Enter Aug. 13th]]>Sun, 25 Jun 2017 17:14:52 GMThttp://harvestgathering.org/catch-the-spirit-of-the-gathering/painted-pony-art-challenge-promotes-horses-and-the-gathering-at-clarke-county-fair-deadline-to-enter-aug-13th
Thank you Cathy Kuehner (Winchester Star Local News Reporter) for capturing and sharing this NEW NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURAL AWARD.
We created this award in honor and memory of Native Americans who lived in the Shenandoah area.  
Clarke County Fair Art Challenge
August 13 - 19, 2017

Artist Recognized at The Gathering
Oct. 21-22, 2017
Art Exhibits will be accepted from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Aug. 13 Sunday
​and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday Aug. 14.
<![CDATA[The Wizard of Oz Author Advocated "Extermination" of Native Americans in the 1890's]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:00:00 GMThttp://harvestgathering.org/catch-the-spirit-of-the-gathering/the-wizard-of-oz-author-advocated-extermination-of-native-americans-in-the-1890s
     Finding out that childhood heroes have feet of clay is nothing new. Sometimes it can actually be reassuring in an odd way, that they too are human. But then you stumble across something like this and you have to completely re-evaluate everything you thought you know about someone.
. Frank Baum, before he wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ran a newspaper in South Dakota. This was in the early 1890's during the Indian Wars. When Baum heard of the killing of Sitting Bull and the massacre at Wounded Knee, he wrote editorials calling for killing each and every last Native American.

-- Source: JJ Sutherland NPR
     But all is not wonderful in Oz. The beloved children’s author did another kind of writing before the Wizard of Oz became a household name. Editorials reportedly written by Baum in the late 1800s called for the genocide of American Indians. 
     The editorials can be found at various places on the Internet; the two most well known are the Sitting Bull Editorial and the Wounded Knee Editorial. Many people in Indian country may have heard about the editorials, but have never actually seen them. 
     Wherever the truth lies, L. Frank Baum’s legacy of enchantment and whimsy has been permanently scarred by the two editorials written 10 years before “The Wizard of OZ.” Scholars and historians will continue to debate whether the 1890-91 editorials were merely a mirror of the society in which Baum lived or if he really wanted to see the Great Sioux Nation wiped off the face of the earth.

​- Source: Indian Country Today

Thank you Jessica Clark, Lumbee Indian school teacher for bringing this story to our attention.

<![CDATA[NEW! Clarke County Fair Native American Indian Cultural Art Awards]]>Sat, 03 Jun 2017 15:37:04 GMThttp://harvestgathering.org/catch-the-spirit-of-the-gathering/new-clarke-county-fair-native-american-indian-cultural-art-awardsSpecial Art Contest:  Homemaking & Fine Art Departments
Eligible Virginia and West Virginia Counties: Clarke, Loudoun, Fauquier, Warren and Frederick in Virginia and Jefferson in West Virginia
Sanctuary on the Trail partnered with  The Clarke County Ruritan's and the Clarke County Fair to bring a new art award to the region. The art contest takes place during the Clarke County 63rd Annual Fair Aug. 13-19. Homemaking, Fine Arts and Photography exhibits will be accepted from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 13 and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday Aug. 14.

CULTURAL CHALLENGE.  In honor and memory of Native Americans who lived in the Shenandoah area, this new art award supports art projects that engage communities, enhance creativity and enrich the vibrancy of Native American culture and history in the region.

CREATIVE OPTIONS.  Exhibits may be entered in ANY department and class within the entire Fine Arts and Homemaking Section such as Arts & Crafts, Needle Art, Hobbies/Collections, etc.

REQUIREMENTS. All artwork must be original and created by the artist. For specific exhibit and participation requirements, please see the rules and regulation for the individual department or contest/event. 
The 2017 theme is “Painted Ponies.”

WINNERS.  Judges will select relative entries exhibited based on artistic quality, uniqueness and on how imaginative the work captures the spirit of “Painted Ponies.” The work does not have to literally depict real horses.
    Winners in the Adult (20 and over), Teen (ages 13-19) and Youth (12 and under) categories receive four free tickets to The Gathering along with special honors at The Gathering harvest festival.

ABOUT THE GATHERING. ​The Gathering is a Native American festival being held at the Clarke County Fairgrounds on Oct. 21-22, 2017 that includes dancing, music, veteran and uniformed services tribute, painted ponies, motorcycle run (iron horse) and more. Artists will receive special recognition during the Gathering along with free tickets for their family.

<![CDATA[Share the Dates for The Gathering 2017]]>Sat, 03 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://harvestgathering.org/catch-the-spirit-of-the-gathering/share-the-dates-for-the-gathering-2017All Invited
Calling all dancers and vendors. Save and share the date Oct. 21-22, 2017 for The Gathering.

Clarke County Fairgrounds
890 W Main St. 
​Berryville, VA 22611

Vendors and Exhibitors
Registered vendors and exhibitors are posted online.
Photo of the Veteran Tribute from The Gathering 2015 (Photo by Chris Anderson).
<![CDATA[Let the Spirit of The Gathering Embrace You - A Tribe Called Red ]]>Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:29:12 GMThttp://harvestgathering.org/catch-the-spirit-of-the-gathering/let-the-spirit-of-the-gathering-embrace-you-a-tribe-called-red