Indian Canyon, California
October 12-15, 2017
Every step we take is a sacred step.
Every step we take is a loving step.
Every step we take is a healing step.
Healing, healing, healing our bodies.
Healing, healing, healing the land.
Raising our voices humbly in prayer around the Tree of Life, dancing under the starry night,
We sing to the ancestors; offering them our thanks for this life, this time.
We Dance in a time of great turbulence, of big shifts–environmental, economic, and cultural.
Between 1880 and 1890, similar ceremonies were very popular among the Native people of this land.
Their old ways of living, their traditional cultures were under great stress.
Then, as now, factors beyond their control were changing their lives — and the lives of their descendants.
Then, as now, choices they would have to make would impact the future.
Then, as now, they prayed for insights, for new ways, and for healing.
May the songs and prayers ripple out, gently washing over those in need.
May they feel cleansed, cooled, and lifted up by the ripples we create together in our small circle.
May the land be watered by our tears, the trees brushed by our breath, the water loved beneath our feet.
May the cultural conversation be nourished by hope and vision and the old ideas fade away easily.
With gratitude to our ceremonial leader Clyde Hall, Shoshone/Metis Elder, the Santa Cruz Naraya Hosting Circle invites you to dance with us around the Tree of Life. Come pray for the healing and renewal of the Earth and all beings.
The purpose of the Dance for All People is to honor and renew our relationship with the earth, the ancestors, and all beings through creating a common ground for all. Inspired by Great Basin Plateau tribal traditions and originating in their ancestral Round Dance, the Dance for All People today incorporates singing and dancing in a simple side step around a tree.
We are honored to Dance once again at Indian Canyon, sacred land that has never been colonized and to this day serves as a sanctuary for coastal native peoples. This land is the only federally recognized California Indian Country in a 300-square-mile area on the California Central Coast. Today ceremonies of indigenous traditions from around the world take place here. We are deeply grateful to Ann Marie Sayers, Mustun/Ohlone elder, for opening her home to us.
Please know that the Naraya is not a workshop nor a re-enactment; it is a living ceremony. Few of us can claim this tradition, yet we come as welcomed guests, participating in the ceremony with humility and respect as best we can.
Interested? Read on; there are a few steps to follow. You can find more general information on the Dance For All People website as well.
Step 1: Gatekeeping
In preparation for the Dance, all dancers must contact one of the gatekeepers listed below to set up a phone conversation. The gatekeeping process is an opportunity to clarify your intentions for participating in the ceremony. In this ceremony, clear intentions become magnified as we hold our prayers in our hearts. You may ask yourself: What calls me to this Dance? What am I dancing for?
Your gatekeeper can help answer questions you have regarding our Dance, discuss logistics to guide your preparations, and support you in discerning how you will step into service for our Dance. Note that there are specific gatekeepers available for new dancers, families with children, Native people, and those called to serve in the kitchen.
New Dancers: Please contact Mālama ManyGifts.
Families with Children: Please contact Dawn and Willow Walking for gatekeeping.
Native Dancers: While this dance is open to all people, we recognize that this Dance comes from Native tradition. To honor that gift, we will waive the requested registration fee for people who identify themselves as First Nations, American Indian, and/or Native American. We invite Native people to contact Little Wolf for gatekeeping and to learn more about the ceremony.
Kitchen: Our meals at this ceremony are lovingly prepared by a team of dedicated kitchen volunteers. We are calling out to those who would like to dance in the kitchen! Partial scholarships are available. If you feel called to engage in the sacred work of feeding the people, please gatekeep with Kwai.
Dawn & Willow Walking
Step 2: The Agreements
We ask that every dancer commit to the following agreements, which strengthen our time in ceremony and demonstrate respect to the traditions of our ceremonial leaders:
- Participate fully from your arrival on Thursday afternoon, October 12 through the end of the ceremony on Sunday, October 15.
- Contribute your emotional, mental, and physical energies to the ceremony, to the best of your abilities.
- Commit to safely clear your mind and body of the effects of any recreational intoxicants before arriving for the Dance and to abstain for the entirety of the ceremony, for the safety of yourself, the ceremony and the entire Dance community.
- Refrain from sexual activities that will dissipate your energies from your arrival until your departure.
- Respect all people and items in the ceremony.
Step 3: Registration
Once you have completed your gatekeeping, your gatekeeper will send you the link to our online registration form. Your registration is complete when you have submitted the form and paid registration fees (online via PayPal or by mailing a check, payable to SC Naraya). Our mailing address for checks will be listed on the registration form.
Please complete your registration promptly after gatekeeping. All fees must be paid before arriving at the Dance.
- Adults: $250 – $400
- Youth (10-17): $50 – $150
- Children (under 10): Free
There is no cost to participate in our ceremony. The fee you are asked to pay covers the expenses of food, materials used in ceremony, and elder travel. Portions of the fees are gifted to Indian Canyon and to the elders and leaders who facilitate the ceremony to show our gratitude and acknowledgement for their hard work and sacrifice.
At this Dance we all help to create the infrastructure necessary to support our ceremony. Service is an essential aspect of our dance! Please consider what you have to offer; your gatekeeper will help you discern how you would like to serve before, during, and/or after the ceremony.
The Santa Cruz Naraya is one of eight Dances in the US held under the auspices of the Naraya Cultural Preservation Council (NCPC), a public non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to preserving traditional Native ceremonies, protecting sacred sites, and supporting the Intermountain culture of the Great Basin Plateau. NCPC has contributed financial support for the Santa Cruz Naraya and to Indian Canyon. Whether or not you dance with us, please consider a contribution to the NCPC. You can mail a check or pay online: NCPC, PO Box 6089, Pocatello, ID 83205. www.ncpc.info