This weekend I had the pleasure and honor to participate in the Seven Circles Foundations annual Tipi meeting held on a private vineyard in Napa, California. Uncle Fred Whapepah, Chief, Leader, Elder, and founder of the Seven Circles turned 80 this year and this tipi meeting was held as a birthday celebration in his honor.
This unique ceremony has been passed down from generations dating as far back as 30,000 years…maybe further. Many indigenous tribes have their own version of a very similar ceremony. It is tradition. It is pure and simple…but also very challenging. In it’s simplicity there is a profound understanding of ancestral roots and respect for Mother Earth. It was a beautiful ceremony and beautiful experience where miracles happened before our eyes.
During the wonderful wee hours of the night, I was overcome with a feeling of wholeness and connectedness to my own ancestors. Hard not to as we found ourselves in timelessness. Sitting there, inside the tipi throughout the night and light of the full moon, participating in a ceremony not too far off from one held by individuals on this same land thousands of years ago.
This image was taken over the few minutes we broke in the middle of the night. Thanks for the inspiration Michael!
Seven Circles Foundation is an educational organization established to promote and support spiritual practices based on the ancient ways of Native American Indigenous People. The Foundation brings these practices to the community at large to improve the quality of life for all.
To find out more about the many different ceremonies and educational offers or donate
please check out http://www.sevencircles.org/