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Sacred Nations Sundance welcomes public June 27

The Sacred Nations Cultural Center invites the community to the fourth annual Sacred Nations Sundance, led by Chief Michael Vargas.The Sundance will begin June 24, and the public is welcomed June 27-July 1 from early morning through early evening.

Sundance is an eight day event for the ceremony of the seven sacred rights of the Lakota tradition.It is designed to bring family and people together and is a time of celebration, thanksgiving, sacrifice, and personal growth through prayer.The first three days are a time of purification as dancers prepare physically, mentally, and spiritually for the five-day ceremony. The following is a brief overview of the days that are open to the public.

June 27: Tree Day - The tree, once selected, is considered a fallen warrior and cannot touch the ground.The Tree Ceremony will begin late afternoon as the tree is erected in the Sacred Circle.

June 28: Sundance Ceremony Begins - The dancers are obligated to walk in a sacred manner, no speaking to or looking at others as they focus on prayer and commitment. Public supporters are allowed under the arbor to add prayers and agreement to the dancers in the Sacred Circle.

June 29: Sundance Day -Dancers will dance from sunup to sundown.Public supporters are welcome to watch from the arbor.

June 30: Healing Day - Dancers will dance from sunup to sundown.Public supporters may be ushered through the Sacred Circle to the tree to receive blessing or healing during the last dance of the day.

July 1: Final Sundance Day - A day of celebration and feast as the dancers experience a time of renewal and new beginning for their spiritual journey that will continue throughout the year.

The Sundance will occur at 8674 N County Road 500 E, Bainbridge, IN 46172.For more information, please contact Sundance Chief Michael D. Vargas 812-327-0206 or Lead Helper, Michael Vargas Jr. 219-306-3823.Feel free to contact us prior to the event or visit our face book page Sacred Nations Cultural Center, Inc. for further details on customs, rules, and expectations during this sacred ceremony. It is customary for women to wear long skirts and men to wear long pants.Please, no drugs, alcohol, firearms, pets, photography, cell phones or recordings.

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The Sacred Nations Cultural Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create a landmark cultural center to bring indigenous people worldwide together to share their ethnic and cultural heritage and spiritual traditions with all people. We work towards this mission with our largest annual event, the Sacred Nations Sundance, as well as other educational events.

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