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8th Annual Heartbeat of Gratitude Gourd Dance Workshop

Friday, November 8 – Sunday, November 10
The Ghost Ranch gourd dance was founded to promote the well-being of a community, for healing and to strengthen intertribal relations, native and non-native. The experience begins Friday evening with a talking circle to introduce the history, practices, process, and etiquette around the ceremony. Saturday morning will be a dialogue, based on questions that you have or that we have encountered, while we engage as a group in putting together gifts to honor the participants in the ceremony. The dance unfolds across Saturday afternoon and evening. The event ends on Sunday morning with a talking circle after breakfast to reflect on the intertribal experience. Click here for more information.
Master of Ceremony
Mike Burgess (Comanche)
Lawton, OK 
Head Singer
Rusty Cozad (Kiowa)
Anadarko, Hog Creek Reserve, OK
Head Gourd Dancer
James Edwards (Pawnee/N. Cheyenne/Comanche)
Santa Fe, NM
Head Lady Dancer
Lela Yellowhair (Kiowa)
Anadarko, OK
Arena Director 
Shude Victors (Ponca)
Wichita, KS
Host Society
Diné Land Gourd Society
Gallup, NM

Click Here for Information & To Register

If you have questions, please contact Winona Poole (, David Poole ( or coordinator Merrick Tate (

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