Bringing people together through ceremony & sharing.
Shambhala Mountain Center in Northern Colorado
June 6-9, 2022
December 4, 2020
Dear Gathering Family,
We have made the difficult decision to postpone the Spiritual Unity of Tribes - Gathering of Eagles from June 2021 to June 2022. Though we have been anxious to bring the Gathering Family together again, we now believe that holding it this summer could be too difficult.
Our primary concern is for the safety of all of the participants at the Gathering, of course, and we have been hoping that we could determine what the Coronavirus Pandemic might be like in May and June. However, in the meantime, Shambhala Mountain Center (SMC), where we will be holding the Gathering of Eagles, sustained quite a bit of damage from a major wildfire that impacted this area. The Cameron Peak Fire, now the largest wildfire in Colorado history at 208,913 acres burned, began in mid-August, burned through SMC on September 26th, and was finally contained this week. The firefighters did an incredible job of saving all of the largest structures at SMC, but we recently became more aware of the extent of the damage to the infrastructure. Of the 70 buildings on the property, 17 were destroyed by the wildfire, and 167 of the tent platforms were also destroyed. With the question of safety due to the Pandemic added to the losses from the wildfire, the Gathering Committee held a meeting this week and unanimously agreed that a postponement would be the most reasonable path forward. We don’t want to create any unnecessary hardship for Shambhala Mountain Center to have to be ready to host a large event in early June, when we are not certain that people will feel secure in coming to a Gathering that soon. This will allow time that we all need for recovery from the Pandemic, as well as time for the restoration of the infrastructure at SMC and some healing of the land. For any of you who would like additional information on how the wildfire affected Shambhala Mountain Center, including photos and videos, please go to their website at https://www.shambhalamountain.org/about/cameron-peak-fire-updates/
We have been given the new dates of June 5th-10th, 2022, with Sunday, the 5th, for Camp Day, and Friday the 10th, for Clean-up Day. We look forward to welcoming you to what we are certain will be a very special Spiritual Unity of Tribes - Gathering of Eagles in 2022. Please put these dates on your calendar, and spread the word to others who might also want to join us.
With gratitude and love ~ Mary Ellen and Clay Uptain and the Gathering of Eagles Committee
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
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.
BLACK ELK’S LAST PRAYER
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!