Sun, August 04, 2019. 2 pm - 4 pm
Earth is a Circle: The Significance of Hoops, Circles and Spirals in Native American Culture
A Workshop with author Evan Pritchard (Native New Yorkers)
The circle is seen in the sun on the horizon and the shape fire burns into the grass. Its present in the figure of the human eye, and in our mouths when we behold the moon with awe. We form circles when we gather in council and make a hoop in a game. In this workshop native author Evan Pritchard will discuss the mystical significance of medicine wheels, orbs, hoops, circles, cycles, and spirals in Native American culture. As part of the experience, well draw a circle with a single brushstroke as a way of measuring the effects of one-pointed contemplation, and conduct other hands-on experiments with the wholeness and holiness of circles.

Cost: $20 if registered and prepaid by Aug 2nd; $25 if registering after the 2nd.

Teacher Bio: Evan T. Pritchard, a descendant of the Mi'kmaq people, has taught Native American studies at Pace University, Vassar College, and Marist College and is the director of the Center for Algonquin Culture. Steeped in bird lore by his Mi'kmaq great aunt Helen Perley, he is the author of several books, including "Native New Yorkers" and "No Word for Time". A regular on radio shows such as NPR's "Fresh Air" and on the History Channel, he lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.


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