Berryville, VA - The Gathering Harvest Dance is distinctive from the traditional Pow Wow Dance. The Gathering begins with oral histories, then select children and elders from our communities bring in a fall harvest of corn, squash and apples. The Spirit of The Gathering is sure to catch you as you watch elders helping our youth of all colors (red, yellow, black and white) connect to the land. (Preview Schedule)
Native American Indians and non-Indians are invited from the four directions to participate and celebrate in this elevated spirit of Thanksgiving and humanity. Grounds open at 9 am Friday (education day), Saturday and Sunday.
You will not want to miss GRAND ENTRY. There is nothing like seeing all the dancers and veterans in the circle at the same time.
The event is hosted by the Sanctuary on the Trail™ in partnership with the Virginia Lovers' Gourd Society 14th Annual Virgina Gourd Festival Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville, Va.
Connecting Our Youth to the Land.
Guided by traditional and spiritual principles, the Cheyenne River Youth Project has incorporated the traditional Lakota values of generosity, spirituality, wisdom, respect, courage, honesty and patience into the development of its 2-acre, naturally grown, pesticide-free Winyan Toka Win (“Leading Lady” in the Lakota language) garden. (Cheyenne River Youth Project) ( Indian Country photo )
Embrace the Spirit