Bringing people together through ceremony & sharing.
The Gathering of Eagles is canceled this year
Dear Gathering Family,
It is with great sadness that we write to tell you that the SUT Gathering of Eagles that we have been planning for June is being delayed for another year. It has been determined by our hosts that the risk of a wildfire is too great for them to allow our Sacred Fire at Drala Mountain Center. So the Gathering Committee is looking for a location for next year where our Sacred Fire can be in a safer place.
If you have made donations for your meals and accommodations, we will send you a refund by PayPal or check, depending on how you made the payment. If you gave us a general donation, we will refund that, as well. If you would like to leave your donation in the Credit Union account for now, just let us know and we can hold it for the next SUT Gathering of Eagles.
We are looking for a Gathering location for next year, and have a couple of options already. If you are aware of land that would be a good possibility for us next year or in the near future, please let us know.
We are so sorry that this decision has just now been made by Drala Mountain Center and for the inconvenience that it is causing everyone with flight arrangements, travel and vacation plans. We had been looking forward to having you here to pray with us, and are very sad for this loss. With love and blessings
~ Mary Ellen and Clay Uptain for the SUT 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
Mary Ellen and Clay Uptain
Cell Phone: +1 (605) 341-0724
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!