Once again, the 2017 Fairy Congress was an amazing event! Here are two reports, from Terry and Rick.
From Terry duBeau:
We were blessed at this year’s Fairy Congress by the presence of several Indigenous people. Dan Nanamkin from the Colville Reservation arrived on Thursday evening 6/22 for dinner and entertained us with stories and songs around a sacred fire in the sky lodge till well past midnight! He was funny and so warm hearted. He spoke in depth of his time and the trauma from the many months at Standing Rock. We all hoped he would stick around. He did – he left late on Sunday. We were blessed by his genuine interest in the Fairy Congress and we loved his two gentle giant dogs – both Alaskan Malamutes! He received a massage, participated in circles, co-lead a workshop, dressed up for the parade – ran in the charge and did the Angel Wash three times – once with one of his dogs! He told us “that this was the most well received he had been on his long journey home since leaving Standing Rock this past spring”. We were happy to help build a bridge of reconciliation and to give him some deep healing love. We hope he will return next year!
Spencer Martin – Se Olum, “the peacemaker” also from the Colville Reservation – an elder from the Methow Tribe joined us on the day Friday the 23rd. He arrived with several friends – his sister Rita, brother-in- law Gary, friend Lindsey and her two children and 3 other friends whose names escape me? They arrived in time for breakfast and the morning circle. Spencer spoke of the importance of
reconciliation and prayer. He joined with Dan and they offered a special workshop by the Grandmother Pine, it was attended by about 25 people. We had a sweat lodge! They had us sit in a circle. We had a “door” for our lodge, a space for the altar and the sweet smell of sage. We were lead thru the 4 rounds in a sweat lodge. We were blessed by Dan’s songs and teachings intertwined with Spencer’s wisdom and prayers! It truly was sacred. Spencer and his friends stayed for the day – joining us for lunch and then heading home later. And of course, we
also hope he and his friends will return next year!
From Rick Gossett:
The sound of a Bullroarer on the You Tube caught my attention. I began to follow that sound, like following a scent as Wolf had taught me.