Dennis Banks Native American icon made a surprise appearance to The Gathering staff meeting yesterday to meet the Elders Council, receive updates and see the Tipi installation on Highway 7 and East Main in Berryville Va.
"You are fulfilling your destiny," Banks said to the all The Gathering council of elders. "You are bringing us together with conviction."
Banks took notes in a three-ring binder during the meeting; posed for photos; and looked over the Tribal Fundraising Map to be sold at The Gathering. At the end of the meeting Banks sang two songs with his drum. Songs of earlier days. Songs of passion. Despair. Victory. Forgiveness. Love. And hope.
"Mr. Banks is a treasure to our Elders Council and we are excited to have him as co-Master of Ceremony for The Gathering Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville Va," said Rene' White executive director for The Gathering.
"This is an event you can write down,"
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