July 13 2011 Native American Newsletter
The Medicine Wheel
A Medicine Wheel might be described as a bunch of rocks laid in a circle on the ground. But these have been constructed for thousands of years and represent the Sacred Circle of Life and a balance we each must strive for.
Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, NC near Winston-Salem has a Medicine Wheel. It was first constructed in 1992 and is open to the public. This park also hosted the Strong Sun Pow Wow held this past weekend. We returned home with sunburn which supports that appropriate name! What a great gathering, with people from so many Nations, Apache, Cherokee, Lakota, Lumbee, Occoneechee, Navajo and more. Despite the heat, the dancers were awe inspiring. The vendors and food were great. Join us in the forum for more on Strong Sun Pow Wow, the fry bread taste off and special moments.
WILDFIRE UPDATE: The largest wildfires in the history of New Mexico have damaged and continue to threaten Tribal lands of the Santa Clara and Cochiti Pueblos. Almost half of Bandelier National Monument Park has burned, and the flames have come within miles of ancient cliff dwellings. Wide stretches of forest and ground cover necessary for watersheds have been destroyed. Please join us in continued prayers for rain and a return of balance for this area and its People. Until next time, keep those rain rocks out and
Walk in Balance and Beauty
Jane Winkler, Native American Editor
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