The Call is out, for Four Cedar seedlings to be planted at the Sundance grounds, to replace the Four used in the previous round of dances.
West Coast, NZ are invited to donate One seedling.
Southern, NZ are invited to donate a seedling.
East, NZ are invited to donate One seedling.
North, NZ are invited to donate a seedling
We know where we live, we know who we are, please connect and present your Seedling via Representative or yourself for Tree Day 2016.
When a person has a calling or is interested in participating in a SunDance as a SunDancer they must Quest before.
Questing involves sitting by yourself for four days, calling to Creation, Great Spirit for your vision or asking for a solution and guidance to a problem or question. A Quester is fasting with no food or water during these four days.
They sit in a circle of 405 prayer ties on a continuance string 100 Yellow, 100 Black, 100 Red, 100 White and 5 Purple. These should be done and prepared before your arrival.
On the 1st Day of Vision Quest, we do Inip Ceremony one round before taking you to your Vision Quest site. In your circle of prayer ties, you may have only what you can carry. Which pretty much means something to sleep in, your pipe or tobacco for praying, your prayer ties, sunblock, tarp, survival blanket and insect repellent.
The suggestion made to arrive early is so you can choose and clear your Vision Quest Site, prepare and slow down.
Vision Quest DATES will be added nearer to Dance commencement, please ensure your email address is added to receive notifications.
Kia ora and Greetings Sundancers
Sundance 2016 is fast approaching and no doubt you are making your own personal preparations. Sundance is realised by all Sundancers committing to give time, energy and resources to facilitate a spiritual and cultural exchange for peace and prosperity in Aotearoa.
Vision Quest dates are: Friday 5th February 2016 to Monday 8th Feb (Waitangi Day). Meet Sundance Grounds 10am.
All those wising to participate please make direct contact in advance with Simon or email your intention here. See Fees.
7 Singlets, 15 x T-Shirts and are now available, just order
what you need for now, ensuring enough to go round (contact us
), we have sizes: small, medium, large, XL & XXL. (All-Black, shirts made in the Indian subcontinent.
Cost: $22 each. (i’ll send you a bank acc,#.to deposit funds into when your sizes & quantity are confirmed)
We will try and deliver by hand where poss. (can also ship via A5 courierPost track -bag for $6 non-RD1 or $10.50 A4 (2xshirts) non-Rd1)
Big Thanks to Tim for the Joy & passion he put in to create the image.
Feb 21st to 28th 2016.
Treeday: Wednesday 24th Feb. Closing feast Sunday 28th.
Koha towards participation : $250 – Sundancers. $150 Vision Quest.
All Sundancers must vision quest to be eligible to partake in the Full Sundance celebration.
The “Drum” is the heartbeat for the Sundance ceremony.
We believe “The Drum” is about Unity, Focus, Support, Joy and Mystery.
- Unity in that we all choose to act together – providing a clear, strong and singular heartbeat for dancers
- Focus in that we pay attention to each other, the energy and our role within the Sundance ceremony
- Support in that we choose to give to those who are dancing (through the drumming and singing) so that they are nourished, strengthened and held safely during the dance
- Joy in that we are an expression of the “Earths” (Papatuanuku, Gaia, Mother Earth…) heartbeat
More background to the ‘Drum’ in relation to our Sundance, can be found by clicking here.
The Sundance is a sacred ceremony from the White Buffalo Calf Pipe tradition of the Lakota people. Our Founding Dance Chief in Aotearoa/New Zealand, the late Chief Whitecloud (Patrick Hendrickson). Sundance is a ceremony where people come together to heal and bring renewal to the people and the land. It is a prayer for life. As it is a sacred ceremony belonging to the Indigenous people of North America and Canada therefore active respect needs to given to things around the “Dance”.
Protocols to respect the ceremony can be found here.
For thousands of years different cultures have used ritual sweat baths as a way to assist in good health. The Sundance provides the opportunity for people to participate in a traditional Inipi or sweat lodge (purification lodge).