“Elders and Youth Honour Mother Earth in Yelm, Washington”
- By Danny Beaton (Turtle Clan Mohawk)
“Sappa Dawn was created by Janet and Don McCloud over thirty years ago, a healing place for our old elders to take shelter at and a ceremonial camp for healing and having sacred ceremonies for Creation.
“It was Janet McCloud’s vision to create a bigger camp for our elders and to buy a track of land close to Sappa Dawn, but in a heavily forested area that felt like a healing place too.
“The Nisqually Nation bought this track of land for the Nisqually People of The River five years ago and Janet’s wish came true for this land because it was so powerful.
“This year The American Indian Insitiute and Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth announced that this year’s gathering would be at Janet McCloud’s greatest vision and ceremonial grounds, hosted by her family and Nisqually Cultural Services Department at Brighten Creek Camp Grounds at Yelm, Washington, Nisqually Territory, from July 6th to July 11th
Plant life first to greet…..”