Clarke County, Virginia – The Gathering council of elders announced today that Native American Indian Debora Littlewing Moore [De-bohr-uh] of the Federally Recognized Pamunkey Indian Tribe of Virgina accepted their invitation to be Head Dancer for Native American Indian The Gathering Harvest Dance Oct. 29 - Nov.1, 2015. (See Story & Slide Show below
“I dance to honor my culture and those before me. I dance for all who ask me to dance for themselves, their families and communities. It is with humility, gratitude and thankfulness that I enter the dance arena to pray for those who have faith that I will represent them well. With each step, I hope to do just that.”
Intertribal Women’s Circle
Debora Littlewing Moore is the Founding President of the Intertribal Women’s Circle, a Virginia based 501(c)3 that works within her life mission of cultural preservation and the continuance of traditional tribal art forms.
Debora has pressed against health inequalities for American Indian Women for more than 15 years, working with other non-profits and the Virginia Health Department to bring awareness and make long overdue changes.
More recently, she began addressing historical trauma within her local tribal communities and plans to bring better awareness of the needs of tribal youth in Virginia.
Debora was co-curator for the Pamunkey tribal exhibit included in “Our Lives” at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C and is curator each year for various Indigenous art exhibitions across the state. She is an accomplished Southern Traditional dancer and traditional Powhatan Potter as apprentice to her mother; Master Powhatan Potter, Mildred Gentle Rain Moore.
As the Head Female Dancer, Debora's reputation as an outstanding Native American dancer, knowledgeable of traditions and customs, a women honored by many, and activist in her community makes her the perfect female role model for others to follow during The Gathering Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2015 Harvest Dance.
Debora's job is to continue to exhibit the outstanding traditional qualities she has shown in her life. Her role includes being present throughout The Gathering and leading the dancers by being the first to begin each dance.
Being selected as a Head Dancer is an Honor
Thanks for the photos: Davina Campbell, Lenny Harmon, Darlene Gore Ehrenfried, Rob Hunter, Coconut Sage ©Photos by Tracy Y. Roberts, Michelle Richardson Jackson, AngelHeart Photography, WolfSpirit SpiritDancer, Kay Richardson Oxendine and Bo Mulcahy.