Manataka™ American Indian Council
2009 SUMMER GATHERING
Traditional American Indian Religious Ceremonies and Family Gathering
JUNE 20, 2009
Hot Springs Convention Center
Featuring: Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers
Manataka Medicine Lodge Blessing Ceremony
Flag Ceremony, Fire Ceremony, Pipe Ceremony
Naming Ceremony - Making A Relative Ceremony
Honoring of Elders Ceremony
Special Presentation by Honored Elder
Drumming and Singing
Featuring the Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers
At the Hot Springs Convention Center on Saturday
Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers
Dancers, Drummers and Singers
See the Colorful Manataka Medicine Lodge
Limited Seating - Bring Lawn Chairs
All who attend this event are automatically part of the ceremonies.
At Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds on Friday Evening
Free Campsite Seminar on Maya and Aztec Culture
Storytelling and Drumming
Hear the Beautiful Story of Manataka
Bring drums, rattles and flutes,lawn chairs
All activities held at Gulpha Gorge National Park Campground are not sponsored by the Manataka American Indian Council. Any activities that may be conducted by individual families at rented campsites are open to visitors during normal park hours. Jose Fernandez, Superintendent of the Hot Springs National Park Service, refuses to allow American Indian Religious Ceremonies conducted by MAIC without arbitrary burdensome and undue restrictions. In case of harassment by Park Rangers, offer no resistance and cooperate. No alcohol or other drugs permitted. Park only in designated parking areas. Camping is on a first-come-first-serve basis (no reservations). Motels and hotels are nearby.
– FREE ADMISSION ALL WEEKEND –
BRING LAWN CHAIRS, BLANKETS
Manataka American Indian Council
PO Box 476, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71902-0476
firstname.lastname@example.org www.manataka.org 501-627-0555
Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers - Absolutely no moving about or talking during the Aztec Ceremony. Strictly enforced.
Manataka Ceremonies - Again, respect dictates that there should be absolutely no talking or moving about during ceremony.
Fire Circle - You should be smudged before entering the Circle. Always enter from the east and move sun-wise. Never walk between the Fire and another person. No eating, drinking or smoking in the Circle. Idle talking in the Circle is discouraged. Children are not to run and play in the circle - adults included
New Members - Making of A Relative Ceremony
If you have not been present in the sacred Fire Circle of Manataka during ceremonies and received your blessings, and you plan to attend the Gathering, go to the Manataka lodge before ceremonies. You will receive important instructions about your part in the ceremonies. If you have an offering or gift to make during ceremonies, please make this known to the officiating elders.
If you plan to speak with an Elder or honored guest, it is suggested you offer a small gift as a sign of respect. However, please do not make your presentation before the Honoring of the Elders Ceremony when you may enter the Circle and lay your gift down on the appropriate blanket. Manataka operates solely on membership dues and gifts. Your help is needed to defray the cost of events and projects. Walk the talk.
Except for Elders and Clan Leaders, enter the tipi only when invited.
Remove shoes before entering.
Always move sun-wise (clockwise) around the fire pit.
Never walk between the fire pit and another person, walk behind.
Do not handle objects and artifacts without permission.
Children should be accompanied by an adult inside the lodge.
Purification Lodge -
Because of the large number of people, no public Purification (Sweat) Lodge ceremonies will be conducted. Private ceremonies may be held in the area in the days leading up to the Gathering.
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