Drum out winter, welcome spring

Mar 14, 2014

Washington — Everyone is invited to bid winter goodbye and welcome spring with a vernal equinox Ceremony of 8000 Sacred Drums Sunday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, just off Route 220.

All are invited to come out of hibernation and join with the Great Thunder Chicken Drum to help to awaken Mother Earth and do what thunder chickens do best — call in the Thunders to moisten and fertilize Mother Earth and prepare her for emerging new life. Out west, the Greater Prairie Chicken was eagerly observed as he began his drumming dance and called out in a booming voice to the Thunders, letting them know the time had come to celebrate a rebirth.

Participants will be joined by many thousands of drums across the planet as they send out a message of gratitude, healing, peace and joy. Attendees should feel free to bring their own rattles, drums or other traditional instruments; and are welcome to participate in the cleansing smudge before the drumming begins.

All are welcome to participate, and all traditions are honored. Those with a poem, song or chant to share will be encouraged to do so. For more information about the free event or directions, call Connie StarWalker at 993-2294.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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