Andrew T. Tyler: Elder Veteran 2015
Clarke County, Virginia – The Gathering council of elders announced today that Native American Indian Andrew T. Tyler accepted their invitation to be Senior Veteran for The Gathering Harvest Dance this fall.
The Elder Veteran reminds us to honor, respect and keep things sacred. (See Story & Slide Show below
"I'd like to continue educating the public on our culture through our dances and songs. To show people that we are still here."
Andrew T. Tyler:
The Gathering is a educational celebration of Thanksgiving for the harvest and for humanity. The event features a military veteran and uniformed services tribute. Andrew will help ensure the ceremony shows respect and honor to our elders, veterans, and active duty, as well as our uniformed services from local/regional fire and police departments.
Andrew will help lead Grand Entry along with the honor guard. Grand Entry is Sat. Oct. 31 at 12:00 noon and again on Sun. Nov. 1 at 1:00 pm. The Harvest Ceremony and Grand Entry officially opens the Harvest Dance. The Eagle Staffs and Flags will lead the procession followed by Andrew leading the veterans, elders, head dancers and dancers in each category or style.
Safety and Security
Andrew's role as Head Veteran is to ensure that the Harvest Dance is conducted with respect and that all participants are safe. Other veterans and security personnel will support Andrew.
Being a Native American Indian Dancer is a Way of Life
Photos by Brenda Williams, Angel Heart Photography, Coconut Sage Photography, Chelsea Palmer, Becky Tudisco and Tracy Yvette Roberts.