Protocols to respect the ceremony
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 was 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”.
What do I bring as a “supporter” of the Sundance:
An open heart
A willingness to help
An attitude of respect for the Dance and the land and the guardians of the land where the dance is held
Food and the equipment needed to look after yourself (tents, cooking materials, toilet paper etc)
Tobacco (an offering of acknowledgement and respect to the Dance Chief)
Koha (money is gratefully accepted to assist our intercessor towards travel to and from USA)
What I need to know and respect around the arbour (dance area) :
If you pay attention then those who know about the ceremony will give guidance.
No recording equipment at the arbour (e.g. camera, video, tape)
Women having their period (moon time) are asked to stay away from the arbour and sweat lodge areas
No alcohol or drugs
Do not take food or drink to the arbour
Modest dressing (men – long pants and shirt / women – long skirt and shoulders covered). Leave shoes outside arbour area.
Adults must take responsibility for children around the arbour and sweat lodge areas
DO NOT enter the arbour “gates” (into the area where the dancers dance) There is a special way this can be done – FIND OUT FIRST.
Give the dancers “space” during rest times
If you are unsure about something wait for an appropriate time then ASK
The Sundance is a powerful and transforming ceremony. Please honour the guidelines, ancestors, elders and participants by respecting these few rules.