Wintermoon Ceremony

The Wintermoon Ceremony began for us at Sapa Dawn Center over 15 years ago. Built upon the ancient traditions of our ancestors our motto comes from "Working within the vision of our elders." The displacement of our people has scattered them from their homelands. In the northwest we have thousands of native people from all over.

:Northwest Indian Women's Circle started Wintermoon ceremony in 1981. It is a woman's ceremony to give recognition to the sacredness of life and is reflective of the diversity of different tribes represented in our circle. It is a way to teach our young people about the precious gift of life and the need to respect all life in its variety of forms and colors.

:The longest night of the year falls on December 21st. In the natural world, time was viewed in cycles rather than linearly. In the Spring we see Mother Earth giving birth to new life; in the summer Mother Earth gives her fruits; in the autumn Mother Earth begins pulling the seeds and germs of life back into her center. They reach the end of that long journey on the night we call Wintermoon, December 21st. We build a bonfire on this night to pray and sing for the new life to be rekindled. We pray Father Sun and Mother Earth will again mate to bring forth the new growth in Spring, In the long ago past if the Sun cam up on December 22nd, it was a sign that our prayers were hear, life would continue on for another year. The fire was big, one which burned all night to penetrate the depths of Mother Earth, as a beacon to the Father Sun.

:Our ancestors took their role as caretakers of this land and life seriously.

At our Wintermoon Ceremony on the morning of December 22, we gather in a circle around the sacred fire. The children, representing emerging life are on the eastern side. Elders on the west. Men on the northern side and Women on the south. Women are Earth Mothers, the givers of Iife. They give gifts to the children, men and elders. Sacred food: Salmon is given to each family. The men sing sacred songs, Elders tell stories. If we are fortunate to have a woman who is pregnant, we ask her to bless the wreaths before they are given out. Rain is a blessing that falls from Father Sky. All people must create goodwill.

: The Elders say the only way we can survive is to cultivate a good mind, good feelings for ourselves, for all life...

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Sapa Dawn Center
North American Indian Lodge
Sapa Dawn
17th Annual Wintermoon Ceremony
in celebration of winter solstice
December 21st & 22nd, 1998
Special guests:
*Wilmer (Stampede) Mesteth
Lakota Spiritual Advisor
*Chubbs ThunderHawk
Pine Ridge South Dakota
Herman & Erica Haindl
Hofheim, Germany
Bonfire will be lit on December 21st @ 6:00 p.m.
Followed by Hot Dog roast, story telling / legends /
Songs / drumming
December 22nd: mid-Morning crowning of
Wintermoon Mother
Blessing / giveaway and feast

Come and enjoy the Winter festivities with Sapa Dawn and families. Share songs, stories and food.
This is an outdoor event, dress warm.

If you would like to contribute or help in anyway please call:
(360) 458-7610. See you there!
Event will be held at Sapa Dawn Center
1013 Crystal Springs St. in Yelm, Washington

Our elders say the only way we can survive is to cultivate a good mind-good feelings- and good will to all. All life is sacred. This is the meaning of Wintermoon. It is a holy day for us...

To All our Relations!!

We're looking for support for the 17th Annual Wintermoon"