July 14 to 16, 2017
Nibezun, Passadumkeag, Maine
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Prophecy of the Eastern Gate
Our ancestors tell us that the Eastern Gate is where we will gather to begin the healing of this land. It is here in the East where first contact was made between the Native peoples and the newcomers. It is here that the first blood was spilled between our people, and our history of violence began. So, it is here on this same land that the healing must begin.
The Wabanaki, the people of the first light, are the keepers of the Eastern Door. We are the first peoples to greet Kihsus, the Sun, each morning, and Nipawset, the Moon, each evening. Now, we open our hearts and our homes to greet all of you, so that together we may begin to heal the wounds of Turtle Island and set a new path forward for all life.
This ceremony will be a coming together of people from all over the world, to acknowledge the common wound that we all carry from our shared history of violence. No matter where we come from, we all carry the wounds of historical trauma within us. Whether we were the victims, the perpetrators, or the witness to that violence, that wound is imprinted on our spirits. Now, the time has come for us to acknowledge that wound, together, so that we can heal it and begin working together to heal Mother Earth.
The first day will be for healing the wounds carried within the hearts and minds of the people. The second day will be for healing the wounds of Mother Earth. And, the third day will be for healing the energetic and spiritual imprint of that wound that lays over the Earth.
The ceremonies will be conducted by spiritual elders from Indigenous communities around the world, and by spiritual leaders from other traditions. We will be gathering on healing ground, along the Penawahpskek (Penobscot) River, at Nibezun in Passadumkeag, Maine.
People from every corner of the world, and from all walks of life are welcome. We ask that you come with a good heart, and good mind, and carry the intention of healing with you.
Please note that this is not a pow wow or a festival. This is a ceremony.
There will be no drugs or alcohol allowed on site. We ask those attending to remain clean and sober during the ceremony and for seven days prior. There will be no drugs or alcohol allowed on site. If anyone is found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol they will be asked to leave. Our minds and spirits must be clear.
We ask all participants to please bring their own reusable plates, cups, and utensils.
We request that there be NO bottled water brought to the event. Please bring reusable drinking containers. Water will be available on site.
We ask that people be respectful and modest in their attire.
Location: Nibezun, Passadumkeag, Maine
Destination Airport: The closest airport is the Bangor Inernational Airport in Bangor, Maine, which is approximately 40 minutes from the site. The airport in Portland, Maine is approximately 2 hours 45 minutes from the site, and the airport in Boston is about 4 1/2 hours away.
Lodging: There is some camping space on site. It will be available on a first come first serve basis. There is also a campground nearby in Passadumkeag – Point Passadumkeag River Cabins and Campground (207)290-0269
The closest Hotels/Motels are: The Milford Motel, The Black Bear Inn and The University Inn.
Meals: We will provide lunch and dinner on site.
Parking: There are a limited number of spaces available for parking at the site. So, we will be setting up a shuttle that will run in the morning, at noon, and in the evening. The site of the shuttle will be announced as we get closer to the event.
More details will follow as the date draws near.
We look forward to sharing this experience with you all.
We are all in this together, we are all related, one family, one living system, one creation, one love. Please join us as we raise our voices in one prayer to begin the healing that is so desperately needed.
Kci Woliwoni/woliwon/welalin – heartfelt thanks.