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Spiritual Unity of the Tribes
Gathering of Eagles

For the Reunification of all people.
Everything is sacred.

Bringing people together through ceremony & sharing.

Shambhala Mountain Center in Northern Colorado

June 7-10, 2021

Dear Gathering Family and Friends:

We would like to share the new dates in June 2021 for the Gathering of Eagles in Northern Colorado, given to us by Shambhala Mountain Center, our host. 

They are Sunday, June 6th for Camp Day, with the Opening Ceremony on the morning of Monday, June 7th and the Closing Ceremony on the evening of Thursday, June 10th.  Again, we are encouraged to stay over to Friday morning, June 11th. 

Having said all of this, we realize that we do not know what the next several months will bring with regard to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  If we are not able to safely hold the Gathering of Eagles again next year, we will certainly err on the side of caution and postpone it once again.  We will provide updates from time to time through our Announcements notices, as well as on the Gathering Facebook page.  That page can be found by going to “Spiritual Unity of the Tribes Gatherings, Gathering of Eagles.”

In addition, we wanted to mention that we are in the process of updating our website in order to simplify the registration process, and to add some information on the Gathering history that we recently received. 

Lastly, we want to remind everyone to “Gather in Place” during the period of June 8th through 11th, when we had planned to be together here for the 2020 Gathering of Eagles.  We will be holding an Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony here with our Gathering Committee Members.  Please link up with us and everyone else in prayers/meditations/songs from wherever you are, in whatever way feels comfortable for you during this period.  Making a fire or keeping a candle lit during the four days, incorporating a water ceremony, and making prayer ties are possible suggestions.  In addition, if you would like to post memories or photos from past Gatherings on our Facebook page, they are very welcome.

Please take good care and be gentle with yourselves and those around you at this difficult time.

With love and gratitude to each and every one of you ~
Mary Ellen and Clay Uptain for the Gathering of Eagles Committee


For thousands of years, Elders, Grandmothers and Medicine men and women across our planet have known that someday all races would be reunited and would bring healing to our Mother Earth.
Indigenous peoples who retained a spiritual way of life would teach their brothers and sisters all over the planet how to renew these ways and live in humility, having respect for all, and a sense of oneness with each other and their Creator.

Activities Include 
Honoring the Elders | Listening to Speakers | Talking Stick Circles | Purification Lodges | Cross-Cultural Teachings | Music and Storytelling | Traditional Singing and Dancing | Youth Activities | Spiritual Healing for Mother Earth

Clay & Mary Ellen Uptain

Contact us

Mary Ellen and Clay Uptain
Loveland, Colorado

Cell Phone: +1 (605) 341-0724

Creating a Loving and Unifying Atmosphere

The Gatherings are peaceful in nature, founded upon the very principles which are imparted to all who gather together.

While the Gatherings do not presume to be an answer in and of themselves, each is a prototype and hope for the future, creating a loving and unifying atmosphere as standard. The spiritual compassion, tolerance and equality that have been understood by Native peoples for generations are the foundation of the Gatherings. They have the feeling of a family camp-out and lasting friendships develop among participants who come from all over the world.

No registration fee is charged, but donations are welcome.

The Gatherings encourage sharing from all who attend, through a prayer, story, song, teaching, etc. Each person is important to the whole and all share around a ceremonial fire. 

Elders have been the guiding influence in previous Gatherings and they have instructed that the Grandmothers should speak. The Grandmothers are asked to come forth and once again share their wisdom and knowledge of the ways, language, and philosophies they have learned for the benefit of all Nations of the Human.

The Spiritual Unity of Tribes Gathering of Eagles is an opportunity for the people of all Nations to rediscover how to live on Mother Earth and with All Our Relations.

Unity is our goal. Now is the time. 


In 1950, Grandfather Black Elk returned to pray on Harney Peak, now renamed Black Elk Peak, at the site of his early vision: 

“Here at the center of the world, where you took me when I was young and taught me; here, old, I stand, and the tree is withered, Grandfather, my Grandfather! 

Again, perhaps for the last time on this earth, I recall the great vision you sent me. It may be that some root of the Sacred Tree still lives. Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds! Hear me, that they may once again go back to the Sacred Hoop, and the good red road, the shielding tree. 

In sorrow, I am sending a feeble voice, O six powers of the world. Hear me in my sorrow, for I may never call again. O make my people live!

The Gatherings Respond

We, members of the Steering Committee of Spiritual Unity of the Tribes Gatherings, and all who have participated and will participate in the Gatherings, coming together in the heart of Love, pray that Black Elk’s vision is being fulfilled - that in joining together we make “one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight,” and in that Heart Center will grow “one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father,” and that it will be holy.

The Gathering is a living prayer. 
When Spiritual Unity of the Tribes was established, six prejudices needing to be addressed were identified.
They are:
1. Leadership,
2. Racial,
3. National,
4. Economic,
5. Political, and
6. Religious.

Those who attended the previous Gatherings addressed these issues. The intent is to gain greater understanding of these prejudices and ways to turn them around.

Understanding will bring empowerment and the ability to advocate on behalf of all people for a better world.

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