Spring Awakens: Preparing and celebrating Mother Earth and the Flower Moon at Artpark's Native American Peace Garden
All are welcome to join us in celebrating May’s Flower Moon and preparing Artpark's Native American Peace Garden for the growing season. This Moon is important as the flowers and medicines are given life and begin to bloom.
The day will open with smudging, a traditional Thanksgiving Address and a special ceremony “Polishing the Covenant Chain” with Dr. Joe Stahlman and Dr. Richard Hamell
Come in circle with gratitude, love and respect to our Mother the Earth, the Flower Moon and join us with traditional Indigenous songs, dances, teachings, Storytelling and planting to honor our plant world.
All ages are welcome and please bring your gardening tools should you wish to partake in getting your hands in the soil, work the garden and help her awaken from her winter blanket.
1PM - Preparing the Garden for the Summer
Smudging with the medicines for those who wish to do so.
Offering tobacco to the garden - all can participate
Smudging of the belts
1:20 - Official Welcome Address & Reawakening and Renewal ceremony - Dr. Joe Stahlman
Polish The Covenant Chain - Dr Richard Hamell
1:50 - Offer a song and a dance to Mother Earth and the plant world -
prepare the garden for the growing season
2:00 - Creation Story to Celebrate Mother Earth
2:15 - Round Dance all participants to join in
2:30 - Planting of the sweetgrass and Sage ceremony - offer tobacco and song
2:45 - Weed and turn over soil
Community Garden is now open
This event is free to attend, open to the public and takes place in the lower park off the 4th St. enterance!