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27th Annual Honoring of the Elders Gathering

Friday, June 01, 2012
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Mount Madonna
7850 Pole Line Road, Watsonville CA 95076

The park is located on Highway 152 (Hecker Pass Highway), ten miles west of Gilroy. From the east, use Highway 101, and take the Highway 152 West exit. From the west, use Highway 1, and take the Highway 152 East exit. The entrance to the park is located at the summit of Highway 152 at Pole Line Road.

Join us for our 27th Anniversary!!

2012 marks our 27th Anniversary of the Elders Gathering. This year's ceremony will be held between Friday, June 1st through Sunday, June 3rd.

The Honoring of the Elders Gathering is hosted by TENA Council of Santa Clara County. We are co hosted by Pajaro Indian Council of Watsonville.

What We Are About
The Honoring of the Elders Gathering is an intertribal California cultural exchange. The Honoring of the Elders is about family. We show the young ones that we honor and treasure our Grandparents, Aunties and Uncles who have taught us about family, our culture and our values.

We are supported by our local Indian people, such as the Ohlone. Active participants include the American Indian Alliance, Patrick Orozco, Tribal Chairman and elder of the Pajaro Valley Ohlone Indian Council & Tony Cerda, Chairman of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Indian Tribe. Both Patrick and Tony have danced traditionally at the Gathering for almost as long as it has been in existence. They honor their ancestors, who have danced on the same land for centuries.

Dancers come from miles around to dance for the Elders. They dance in traditional regalia. We do not have competition dancing.

The Gathering begins on Friday evening, ending on Sunday evening. Everyone is welcome, Indian and non-Indian people, alike. Everyone comes together to see old friends, or make new ones. People share traditional feasts, laugh and joke, or listen to the history and stories of the dance groups who come to share with the people. Guests are able to watch the little ones dance for the first time (also known as 'coming out'). This is a traditional way of dancers beginning their commitment to dance in the way of their ancestors. The exchange provides the opportunity for the community to understand the strength of sharing.

This is event is geared towards the family. People are welcome to come and camp.
Added to the calendar on Sun, May 20, 2012 11:57PM
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