A Gathering of the People . . . June 21-23, 2019 . . . The Nacoochee Valley
We are alive!
The Coweta Creek Confederacy invites peoples of all tribes and ethnicities to join us in the celebration of the Creek New Year at the last location of the capital of the Apalache Kingdom . . . the Nacoochee Valley. This is an informal gathering of people with shared love for their fellow humans and shared concern for the current state of Mother Earth. There will be only two scheduled events . . . Observance of the sunset on Friday evening, June 21, 2019 at a Creek Sacred Site and a fellowship feast at a state park pavilion at noon on Saturday June 22, 2019. For most of the weekend you and your family or friends will be free to enjoy an astonishing variety of recreational opportunities in the Nacoochee Valley, Alpine Helen, Tallulah Falls, Brasstown Bald, Chattahoochee National Forest and Lake Lanier Area.
Many of you may want to plan joint campgrounds, cook outs, Native dances, canoe rides, etc., but that is entirely up to you. We need MANY drums! However, in anticipation of us getting together in smaller groups on Saturday night, we urge all musicians to bring their instruments! Any type of music is okay . . . including Folk and Country-Western. Many of the greatest talents in these two musical traditions were Cherokees and Creeks. The late mikko of the Tama Creeks, Neil McCormick, invented the steel guitar. One of the most popular singers today, Carrie Underwood, is a citizen of the Muscogee-Creek Nation.
Creek New Year Service 7:30 PM – 9:01 PM ~ June 21, 2019
Throughout the service, a drum will beat softly in the background until 8:48 PM, when all drums and rattles will join in . . . accelerating to an crescendo and accompanying flutes at 9:01 PM, when the elders will light the Sacred Fire . . . marking the beginning of a New Year.
We will also renew an ancient Creek egalitarian tradition. Beginning at 7:30 PM, the oldest person in attendance will be handed the Sacred Pipe and speak from a minute to five minutes whatever words the Master of Life has guided him or her to speak. From then to the drum crescendo, every person in attendance, regardless of ethnicity or age will be allowed to speak briefly as guided by the Master of Life . . . once they have been handed the Sacred Pipe. All others must remain silent.
Native American Feast
At noon on June 22, 2019 the Gathered People will meet in a pavilion at one of the state parks in the Nacoochee Area to share a meal together. We will furnish ice tea, lemonade and water. Each person, family or group will be responsible for bringing their own food. We request that ALL food be traditional to Native Americans. That is not so hard to do. You will only be giving up wheat bread and hamburgers! LOL Remember, People of One Fire research has proven that the Creeks raised indigenous Araucana chickens prior to the arrival of European settlers. In fact, the Totolosee Creeks in South Georgia specialized in the breeding of chickens. The Creeks also invented deep oil fried chicken, turkey and fish . . . so even Colonel Sanders recipe will be appropriate. We’ll will be flexible not require you to fry your meat and hushpuppies in hickory nut oil. Musicians are invited to bring their instruments and singers their voices, so we can jam after the meal.
All foods indigenous to any part of the Americas are okay for our feast!
Sponsors and Volunteers
Obviously, this is a simple low budget get-together, in which individuals and families will be responsible for most of their own costs. Nevertheless, we would greatly appreciate any businesses or individuals, who would be able to help us out with the cost of renting the locations for the Creek New Year Service and the Native American feast. We also need to purchase name cards, tea and lemonade.
A volunteer is need for handling registrations for Name-ID cards. We will need about 24 volunteers to help as Vehiti (Guardians/Monitors) and to help set up the beverage table.
The Nacoochee Valley is located between Cleveland, GA and Alpine Helen, GA in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is about 75 miles northeast of Downtown Atlanta. The Valley contains well over a hundred Native American archaeological sites, one of the nation’s largest national historic districts, a living history State Historic Site (Hardman Farm) and two State Parks. Alpine Helen is an old mountain town that about 50 years ago re-invented itself as an Alpine village. Within a 30 minute drive are five other state parks and four more State Historic Sites.
There is no requirement to wear traditional Native American clothing. However, you are welcomed to. Just don’t bring along the gaudy stuff that people wear at pow wow’s so they will look like Indians! LOL
State Park Campsites, Cabins and State-owned Hotels
If you want to stay in a state-owned campsite, cabin or hotel room, you better make your reservations soon! They are generally booked up by springtime. These are the following state parks in the area. Those at the top are in or near the Nacoochee Valley.
Unicoi State Park and Lodge (Nacoochee)
Smithgall Woods State Park and Cabins (Nacoochee)
Mossy Creek State Park (Cleveland)
Buck Shoals Wildlife Management Area campsites (Cleveland)
Moccasin Creek State Park (Lake Burton)
Vogel State Park (Blairsville)
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge (Dahlonega)
Tallulah Gorge State Park and Campground (Tallulah Falls)
Don Carter State Park and Campground (Gainesville)
See ya there!
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