2017 Recap

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.

I wanted to make a Bullroarer, to let it sing, to give its song away as a gift to the spirit world.
A friend helped me to cut several Roarers out, to shape and sand them.  I used cherry wood from out behind my house where an old one had fallen.  The wood was still strong and sound, and a joy to work with.
My heart sang as the grain appeared and its beauty opened to us.  Their purpose became clear when Sara asked me to help with the teens at the Congress.  The teens were to open the  circle calling in the four directions.  They would use the Roarers I had just finished.
But the Roarers lay there strangely mute.  Neither I nor my friend could  get so much as a flutter or churr from them.  So I took them to the Congress with a heavy heart and plans to use them as some sort of decorations.
The afternoon of the ceremony the kids were deep into retrieving their totems and getting acquainted with  their guides and helpers, when one asked to see the “bully thing”.  Reluctantly I passed the Roarers out.
To my amazement the Roarers began to sound.  Even the younger teens could make them sing as if born to it.  When the time came the teens called  in the Four Directions with great pride and were answered with a Roar.
I felt and saw the pride of the community too, both fairy and human, as the next generation stepped forward and took their place in the circle.
I still can not make them roar.  But then my job as an elder is to  do other things now.
Richard Gossett
Svaha Spirit Lodge
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