Indigenous leaders gather in Carbondale |

Indigenous leaders gather in Carbondale

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE — An estimated 100 native elders, healers, scholars, shamans and spiritual leaders from throughout the Americas will meet here this week to celebrate their 11th annual International Gathering.

The group will come to Carbondale on Friday evening and stay through Tuesday after meeting Thursday at t Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

Gathering organizers will be hosting prayer blessings, ceremonies, indigenous concerts, panel discussions, healing workshops, and community drumming circles.

An international benefit concert, including a performance by musician Jessa Young, and friends, is planned for Friday at The Church at Carbondale, starting at 8 p.m.

Delegates will include indigenous peoples from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Yucatan, Peru, Venezuela, Fiji, Australia, Alaska, Hawaii, South Dakota, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado and Montana.

Clifford Duncan, elder of the Northern Ute, will give the welcoming address to delegates and guests.

The heart of the conference is dedicated to help mend the wounds between all peoples and relations with Mother Earth, organizers said. The sacred presence of Mt. Sopris will be acknowledged through ceremony and talking circles.

Additional topics will include discussion on economic development; exercise of sovereignty; cultural integrity and human dignity; ecosystem crisis response; history and background of gatherings; and communities of nations working in concert.

Events will be held at select indoor and outdoor venues throughout the valley, including the Church at Carbondale, the Carbondale Recreation Center, and Carbondale Nature Park.

Meetings and gatherings will be open to the public.

If you are interested in helping, contact Rita Marsh (970) 963-8979 or Beth White (781) 632-3326.

Dr. Ramon Nenadich, founder of the Center for Indigenous Studies of The Americas, Cayey, Puerto Rico, is in Carbondale to coordinate and guide the event.

If you are interested in being an event sponsor or making a donation to the XI Gathering of the Americas, send a donation in the form of a check payable to Tiyospaye Crises Center and mail to 1304 Ponderosa Drive, FT. Collins, CO 80521. A tax-deductable receipt will be mailed to you upon request. For additional information, call Christinia Eala 970- 980 – 1629.

The XI Native Gathering of the Americas is hosted by The Center for Indigenous Studies of the Americas, a non-profit organization based in Puerto Rico dedicated to the study and promotion of indigenous cultures, values and traditions. Visit, e-mail, or call Ramon Nenadich (787) 955-3386 for more information.

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