Join us for a weekend of gratitude that will be highlighted by a Southern Plains-style gourd dance. This social dance began as a warrior’s dance, and originated from the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Since it’s inception, gourd dances have become intertribal dances and have been put on to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries. Along with these celebrations, gourd dances are also put on 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. Ghost Ranch gourd dance was founded on the notion to promote the well-being of a community, for healing & to strengthen intertribal relations, native & non-native. This rich weekend of teaching, music and dance begins Friday with a talking circle to introduce the history, process, and etiquette for the ceremony. The dance itself unfolds across Saturday afternoon and evening.
Saturday afternoon participation is by donation only.
Dress Code Men: jeans or slacks, long-sleeved collared shirt, nice shoes or boots. Women: blouse, skirt and shawl, nice shoes or boots.