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Heartbeat of Gratitude Gourd Dance – G201121

This weekend of gratitude highlights a Southern Plains-style gourd dance. The social dance began as a warrior?s dance, and originated from the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Gourd dances have become intertribal dances and celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and to remember those who have journeyed on to the spirit world, as well as to send off war veterans to the front line and for their safe return home.

Join us on Saturday as the dance unfolds throughout the afternoon and evening. Saturday afternoon and evening participation is by donation only, dinner is provided. See special dress code below for those who would like to join in the dance. (For spectators dress code is appreciated but not mandatory.)


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Dress Code for Dance Participants - Men: jeans or slacks, long-sleeved collared shirt, nice shoes or boots. Women: blouse, skirt and shawl, nice shoes or boots. Bring dollar bills to honor the dancers and participate in raffles.

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Traditional Policy: Written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance. This cancellation policy does not apply to January Term – see below.

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 Workshops always begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed..

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  • Merrick Tate
    Merrick Tate

    Merrick Tate is Red House Clan, born for Red Running into the Water Clan. Originally from Ts’ah Bii’kin (Inscription House), AZ, Merrick has lived in Albuquerque, NM since 2003. Merrick is a silversmith apprentice, feather fan maker and beadworker.


Nov 14 2020


12:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Free and Open to the Public
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