The long-awaited summer has arrived…. and now it seems to be evaporating! There are many events occurring here in the Cuchara Valley. We are blessed with an abundance of amazing talent. We still have high hopes of being able to host the much (and deservedly) acclaimed author Kent Nerburn in a workshop in Cuchara September 14th and 15th. With group participation, he will share is insights on Native American spirituality, love of nature and place, and the core of our creative selves.The total number of participants is limited to 40 so that there can be an intimacy in sharing Mr. Nerburn as well as the other facilitators in making this a most meaningful event. Deadline for registrations is August 1st. Please register now before things fill up, or contact us if you would like more details.
Join us at the Francisco Fort Museum in La Veta Colorado 306 S. Main St. this weekend. Free admission to the museum and events. Great Vendors & Great Food.
SATURDAY JUNE 8TH – 10AM TO 5PM
Opening; Festival Blessing, Drumming Raising of the tipi Oress DeHerrera -Traditional Hispanic music Tomas of Atzalan Drumming Children Dancing Flute playing Shelley & Fabian Storyteller; La LLorona Live Music
Shelley Morningsong & Fabian Fontenelle 7pm at La Veta Mercantile: $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Opening, Festival Blessing, Drumming Drumming, Flute, Dancing Hip Hop Kids Crew Shelley & Fabian Live Music Taking down the tipi Drumming closing ceremony
Saturday & Sunday at La Veta Library 11am | Sean Wells – Traditional Hispano Art/Day of the Dead 12pm | Celinda Kaelin – Native Americans of Pikes Peak area 1pm | David Behrens – Native American Story told through Art 2pm | Jason Younis Y Delgado – Tinsmithing through 5 Generations
Celinda Reynolds Kaelin is a poet, author, lecturer, and ethnohistorian who is privileged to work and study with indigenous Elders and spiritual leaders from over seventy First Nations.
Celinda is a Cherokee grandmother who has dedicated her life to the healing of the Sacred Hoop, and follows the Lakota spiritual traditions as a Pipe Carrier and a Sun Dancer. She has completed fifteen Sun Dances with the Lakota. She is proud to be an adopted member of both the Lakota Nation and the Ute Nation.
She is a member of the World Council of Elders, and has traveled extensively with these traditional spiritual Elders, performing Earth healing ceremonies in North and South America. Kaelin is adjunct professor at Colorado College, and is the author of six books, including, Journey Song: A spiritual Legacy of the American Indian (Four Directions, 1998), Pikes Peak Backcountry (Caxton, 1999), American Indians of the Pikes Peak Region (Arcadia, 2008), and Ute Legends (Caxton, 2017).