We will be going to the 28th Annual Honoring of the Elders gathering held in Watsonville, CA (Mount Madonna) from Friday May 31st through Sunday, June 2nd.
A little about the Gathering of the Elders from their website:
“The highlight of the Gathering is to honor our Elders. We have an innate respect for our elderly. They are the ones who teach us the ways of the ancestors. When we treat our elders with respect, we teach our children to treat others, including their elders, with respect. In this way, the cycle of tradition continues and the circle remains strong. On the third day of the Gathering, we call the Elders into the center of the arbor and honor them with songs and gifts.”
“We are supported by our local Indian people, such as the Ohlone. Active participants include the American Indian Alliance, Patrick Orozco, Tribal Chairman and elder of the Pajaro Valley Ohlone Indian Council & Tony Cerda, Chairman of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Indian Tribe. Both Patrick and Tony have danced traditionally at the Gathering for almost as long as it has been in existence. They honor their ancestors, who have danced on the same land for centuries.”
The Honoring of the Elders Gathering is hosted by TENA Council of Santa Clara County and are co-hosted by the Pajaro Indian Council of Watsonville.
The address: 7850 Pole Line Road, Watsonville CA 95077