Third Annual Bosque Redondo Memorial Gourd Dance

May 12, 2018 11:00 am
07:30 pm
Historic Sites

The theme for the Third Annual Bosque Redondo Memorial Gourd Dance: Healing the Past for Our Children’s Future Following the Gourd Dance around 8 p.m., Joe Tohonnie, Jr. and the White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers will be performing their healing dances by fire light to close the ceremonies.  Gourd Dances can be held for many purposes such as: return of veterans, birthdays, or in the case of Fort Sumner Historic Site, to promote healing and strengthening of intertribal relations.  Many Navajo and Mescalero Apache Elders will be journeying from the Four Corners region, the area surrounding the Sacramento Mountains to be a part of this historic dance, and even as far as Pico Rivera, California despite what their oral traditions have dictated.  Through this dance, they are reclaiming their history.  We invite you and your families to join us on this momentous occasion to honor the ancestors of the past and revisit the history before the June 150th commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of 1868.  Additionally, there will be respected speakers throughout the day,