Berryville, VA -- Today's Smithsonian Live Drum Circle at Clermont Farm, a 360-acre research and training site in Berryville VA, was a huge success thanks to the Yellow Child Singers (Bi'yazhi' li'tsoi Drum Group) Mark, Bahe Rock, Clay Morris and Talon Morris; Cherokee Pamunky Dancer Andrew Tyler; Flute Master & Teacher Stuart Hill; Native American Indian Story Teller Sheila Hansen; Author and Poet Tom Clark; Photographer June Krupsaw The Gathering Elders Council Rene' White, Sheila Hansen, Glenda Skelley, Tracey Pitcock and Sue Peoples; a host of volunteers; guests of all ages; and Winchester Star Newspaper. Special thanks to Clermont Farm and Sanctuary on the Trail™ for hosting the event. Click on the Slide Show at right for more photos.
A beautiful overcast sky, amphitheater lawn and hot chocolate greeted 120+ people who participated in today's casual discussions and demonstrations about Native American Indian Culture; many of them children.
After the drum circle, 40 volunteers stayed to offer how they can help bring The Gathering to the Clarke County Fairgrounds Oct. 30 - Nov. 1.
Five Indigenous Maps sold as part of the fundraising efforts for The Gathering.
Meanwhile, in the back yard, Clermont Farm Bob Stieg hosted three guided walking tours at the slave quarters and main house. Learn more about Clermont Farm.
Smithsonian Live Drum Circle
Native American drums play an important part in many Native American Indian tribal ceremonies, celebrations and spiritual festivals.
To many the beat of the drum symbolizes the heartbeat of our mother, to others thunder and lightening; and helps us find close relationship with Creator and our roots.