Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, July 11th as she and Clyde Bellecourt discuss one of the most significant contemporary ceremonies to take place in Indian Country. The Continental Gathering took place June 18-23 at the headwaters of the Mississippi River for condolence, strength, and inner peace to reaffirm the right to walk the same way as native ancestors once did. Participants were invited from the north, south, west and east and hundreds responded. Clyde Bellecourt was invited to participate and lead parts of the ceremony having to do with the Anishinabe people.
The ceremony was the result of a dream by a revered chief of the Mohawk Nation, Tekaronianeken, from Akwesasne. The faithkeeper's dream is related in this short video:
Fifty trees were planted in his honor a year after his passing in 2010. The trees are in Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio and Vermont and other trees are in Canada, France, Germany, and Japan.