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From Barbara:


of the “Ceremony of Giving Thanks”

Grand opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of The American Indian, September 21, 2004.

Wonderful photographs are on the web site.

From across the North and South American continents, as far north as the Arctic, Native Americans came to Washington D.C. to attend this ceremony. I saw proud chiefs wearing their great headdresses of feathers wheeling their old grandmothers in wheel chairs, and I saw a proud chief holding to his heart his tiny son, tending to this child as tenderly as any doting mother. No one left behind. All, young and old, came to the Washington D.C. ceremony.

It was the greatest gathering of Native Americans of all time. An estimated 17,000 paraded together down the Mall of Washington D.C. Large, overhead screens, showed the drumming, singing, dancing, and colorful native dresses.

All came in Love and Peace, their feet and their drums stimulating the heart beat of love of Mother Earth so the land itself felt holy. It was an incredible moment.

The Global Meditations Network plaques were held high in this parade so all watching could read: The Global Meditations Network honors the Native American. Afterward, the plaques were donated to the museum as a momento of that great day, September 21, 2004.

Peace, Love, and Light,
Barbara Wolf