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The Indian Camp 2016

 

 

This summer 20 years will pass from the very first Indian Camp!

We are happy to announce that the INDIAN CAMP 2016 is taking place from 30th of June to 3 of July in Southern Estonia, near Latvian border in Kasesaare farm, Karula village, Karula parish, Valga County.There will be also camp nr 2 this year. From 7-10 july ,same place .

MONA POLACCA, MONICA POLACCA (both Hopi-Havasupai-Tewa, Arizona USA), EPIFANIO GARCIA(Vab Zapotec, Mexico),JERRY NELSON (Navaho, Arizona USA) will be visiting us this summer. CARL HUBBARD (Navaho, Arizona USA) in first and PILAR INCLAN (Mexica, MEXICO) in second camp.

You can register yourself HERE.

Payment details:The participation fee is 180EUR per person. Children are very welcome in the camp and like last year – they can participate for free!

The registration is open until we have vacancies in the camp.

Homepage of Indian Camp 2016 and further information: http://www.indiaanilaager.ee.

Account Holder: Erki Rätsep

LHV Bank IBAN: EE987700771001480657

Swift address/BIC: LHVBEE22

Details/explanation: “Indian Camp 2016.  vol 2 .Your name”

If you already have made the transfer but for some reason you cannot participate please inform us as soon as possible. Provided that you inform us at least 2 days before the camp we will refund your transfer.

 

 

Some practical hints:
Participants should take along the tent and all that is needed to sleep in the tent. One should take along also personal plate, knife, fork, spoon and mug. It is important to preserve the nature from the domestic waste, which will unavoidably appear if the disposable tableware will be used.
Sometimes people regret afterwards that they did not take along any PRESENTS. Indian people value presents, quite frequently presents are presented later to somebody else, and your present may travel to other continents in possession of some other indigenous people. Various pieces of handicraft either national or made with one´s own hands are considered to be a good present. Also tobacco, thorns of Thuja in a nice sachet (to be used during ceremonies). Highly valued are also sweets/candy.

INDIAN MARKET, which became very popular, will also be organized. Camp visitors can buy there some pieces of Indian culture: ornamentals, pieces of handicraft and clothes. On the market only cash payments are accepted.

 

NB! The consumption of alcohol and/or being in a drunken state is forbidden during the period when the camp will take place, and on its territory!

CATERING is provided by Kolme Sõsara Hõrgutised© (https://www.facebook.com/kolmsosaratsetomaal) and is make from local raw materials.

 

The camp is a way of spiritual sharing, where the participants will have an opportunity to learn some ancient traditions of indigenous people of America, to participate in the work of various work-shops and to take part in their ancient ceremonies.
Rising of the tepee, pitching of sweat lodge, ceremonies of sweating, ceremony for welcoming of the Sun, devotion ceremony and flower´s ceremony are only the small part of all of the events which will take place in the camp.
During 4 days various events will be conducted on continuous basis. For many participants, who have already visited The Indian Camp, it became the changing point of their´ lives. Some of these people said that there was one life before The Indian Camp, and, after experiencing this Camp there is now another life.
The goal of the Camp is to increase the awareness of people about the wisdom and culture of Estonian and American indigenous people, to become more tolerant, to develop a better connection and understanding to the life that surrounds us and to achieve a balanced perception, through exchange the different experiences and opportunities.
At the same time to recall to life our wisdom from the past, as Estonians once were also able to live in a similar way. And it may be, that the time when we must live again this way is not far off – our only allies being nature, Mother Earth and... each other.
Indian people will introduce their approach to life through the three forms of activity:
Conversations, where the history, traditions and Picture of the World of indigenous people of America will be introduced. Also we will try to find solutions for such problems as coexistence of different cultures, and tolerance, and possibilities to follow the life-style supporting the nature preservation.
Handicraft and art workshops will be introduced and teach various Native American craft skills. Handicraft fair will also take place.
Sacred and spiritual activities, where ceremonies and rituals of indigenous people of America will be introduced:
• Pitching of the sweat lodge
• Raising of the tepee
• Sunrise ceremony
• Earth Mother enhancement ceremony
• Sweating ceremony
• Pow Wow - dance and singing
• Narrating of legends about the Creation of the World

For more on rituals:
POW WOW: Indigenous people of America will teach us to dance. The number of participants is not limited. Through this dance one expresses his/her respect and admiration to the Mother Earth, and also massages Her with his/her feet.
CONVERSATION: mixed groups/ only men/ only women
The conversation circles are ceremony for spiritual growth and are conducted according to the basics of the Indian`s world view. The participants will begin to understand that initially sacred ceremonies and beliefs were a central part of life. There are no issues, which are not touched by these beliefs. Each person reacts in a different way to the opportunities which are presented to him/her thanks to the participation in the conversation.
SWEAT LODGE CEREMONY: mixed groups/ only men/ only women. This is a ritual of purification of body, soul and mind. Sweat lodge symbolizes the womb of Mother Earth, where we all are nestling as children, to worship and honor Her and to pray there, while purifying both the body and the soul – in the dark, hot and wet, all together like in the womb. Four elements are the objects of worship: Earth, Fire, Water and Air. Stones shall be made-hot in the fire. Then they shall be brought to the centre of the tent. People are sitting around stones. The Holy Water shall be brought in. The sweat lodge shall be closed in a way that there is complete darkness inside. The Master of the Ceremony smokes the tobacco and passes it around, then scatters to the stones some Holy Cedar, and then sacrifice Water to the stones. The steam appears. During the ceremony people are praying and worshiping four initial sacred elements: the Fire, the Water, the Air and the Earth.
SUNRISE CEREMONY: the worship ceremony, which is conducted in early morning. During this ceremony we are welcoming the commencing of the day by dancing through the Fire, Water, Air and Earth. The Master of the Ceremony uses cedar and sage.
HANDICRAFT WORKSHOP
• Making of the Medicine Shield – each participant makes to him/herself the shield, which looks like coat of arms, and draws to the shield symbols, which describes his/her essence in a best possible way.
• Making of Dream Catcher – according to the legend the Dream Catcher is used to catch all good and bad dreams. Bad dreams stay in the net until the morning light to be burned by it. Good dreams know the way through the hole in the middle of the Dream Catcher to float into the feathers in order to come back again some other night.
• Pieces of handicraft made from beads – participants learn various modes to make adornments from beads.

Nowadays many people in order not to feel themselves vulnerable and weak are trying to achieve the control over things, for which they do not have an explanation. Such attitude is destroying the balance in the world; we are not opened for something new, and therefore are not able to manage difficult situations.
Workshops and ceremonies of indigenous people of America are based on teachings of North American tribes, and thereby express the spiritual World view of indigenous people of America as it is reflected in their everyday life. The Sacred teachings and practices of indigenous people of America do not fall into any category of sects; they just serve the aim of helping people to understand the life. The ancient wisdom and beliefs of indigenous people of America provide substantial support in managing in the modern world.

 

History

This story started already in 1996, when Tarmo and Toomas Urb brought to Estonia kindred nation. About 5000 people came to Rocca al Mare Open Air Museum to see „real Indians” with their own eyes, to hear them with their own ears, and to take part in so called „Indian sauna”. Nobody was turned down, so the sweating ceremony lasted so long that it was dark when last sauna attendants left. Unfortunately, many participants of such mass event did never learn, what is the profound meaning of this ceremony for each person. Mona, Andrea, Dallas and other guests were conducting these ancient ceremonies sacrificing themselves and praying by hours for Mother Earth, for Us, and for Themselves without long talks and respites. It was beautiful evening because all that took place in our home country and in our national park. This evening is presented in minds of many people as something which never happened before.
That evening and the great interest of people put the beginning to the idea of Indian Camp, which became a reality in 1999 on the island Naissaar. Starting with that time our friends have visited Estonia each year (except 2010, when the camp was not conducted), and continued their mission, and shared with another indigenous nation – Estonians – their traditions, time and the love of all living in the world. They reminded us, where the roots and power of Estonians comes from, how to live in harmony with the nature and fellow creatures, and to be conscious of your place in this world.
For four years camps were conducted on Naissaar, in 2003 – in Pärnu county on Jaagurand, in 2004 - in Pärnu county on Matsirand, in winter of 2005 Indian people visited South-Estonia. During the last years The Indian Camp was conducted on Juminda peninsula.