For Immediate Release March 29, 2007
Contact: Institute of EcoTourism
928.282.2720 or www.IOET.org
Photo Credits: Sharon Lee Harris
Multi-Cultural Potluck Picnic & Universal Dance
First Piggy Park, creek side at Los Abrigados
April 27 – 4:00 PM til Dark
Join us for this wonderful closing ceremony for “Carrying the Gift of Water” week! On Friday, April 27, the festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. at First Piggy Park, creek side at Los Abrigados.
Members from Hopi, Havasupai, Supai, Yavapai Apache Tribes and the strange “WhaTaWe” Tribe (everyone else) will come together to celebrate water and our common and diverse heritage. It will be a potluck, so bring something to eat that represents your culture. There will be traditional and modern dancing and singing...with an open mike for anyone who wants to share a story, a poem or a song.
Internationally-respected Japanese researcher Dr. Masaru Emoto will perform a closing ceremony. Dr. Emoto has conducted extensive research into the properties of water. He postulates that it is in the frozen crystal form that water shows its true nature. He has gained worldwide acclaim through his groundbreaking research and discovery that water is deeply connected to our individual and collective consciousness and emotions. Some of these concepts are shared by indigenous cultures all around the world. Vernon Masayesva, former Hopi Tribal Chairman, will join Dr. Emoto to talk of the meaning of water in the Hopi tradition.
Photo: Dr. Masaru Emoto and Miss Hopi 2007
Phote: Vernon Masayesva and Institute of EcoTourism Founder, Joe Martori
“Water is a paradigm for connecting people together all over the world. We all came from water; we all are made of water; and we will all return our water to the Earth when we die,” explained Masayesva. “People need to understand. We have finite fresh water resources on Earth. Water is not a commodity. It belongs to everyone. It is part of everyone.”
After the closing ceremony, everyone will dance, sing and eat. Hopi elder, Jerry Honawa, will lead people in a traditional friendship dance to celebrate the gathering of many people for a good cause. So, bring something fun to share and come ready to join into what is sure to become a new annual tradition in Sedona. For more information, call the Institute of EcoTourism at 928.282.2720.
Photo: Virginia with corn husks.
Virginia Tootsie prepares corn husks for a traditional Hopi dish to share at the multi-cultural potluck picnic and dance. Come join them on April 27 at 4PM at the park at Creekside by Los Abrigados in Sedona.
Photo: Hopi Dancers: Children from the Hopi Mesa's to perform Ceremonial Dance lead by Jerry Honawa