2013 Recap

There's always something happening around the Center, whether it's in the local area or across the country. Take a peek below for the highlight reel from 2013. Feel free to browse through our events from 2012 or in 2011 & 2010. This year is jam packed with new events, so make sure you stay up to date! If you'd like more information about how to get involved, Contact Us!

 

Water Ceremony and Lecture with Lisa Bellanger - Charles Town, WV


We were honored to welcome Lisa Bellanger to the Center for a Water Ceremony and lecture. Lisa is the daughter of Pat Bellanger, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, and has supported and protected ceremonies across the world. Lisa held a Water Ceremony in honor of World Water Day.

"Ancient Tracks: A History of Pipestone" Screening - Charles Town, WV


In March we welcomed the community for popcorn, wojapi, and a showing of Ancient Tracks. In this documentary Chuck Derby tells the hidden history of Pipestone, MN, the sacred red stone, and the people that walked from all over to reach the Pipestone quarries.

"Mato Paha: Rally to Protect Bear Butte" Screening - Charles Town, WV

We ended February with a showing of Mato Paha, a documentary that illuminates the struggle between native traditionalists and local business owners near Bear Butte in Sturgis, SD. The documentary follows the 6 mile march from Bear Butte to the Meade County Court House to fight the encroachment of campgrounds, biker bars, and convenience stores on Mato Paha.

Iron House Council Annual General Meeting - Charles Town, WV


The Iron House Council gathered at the Center for the Annual General Meeting. The Council reviewed the progress that has been made over the past few years working with the inmates and prison administrators and went over new programs and procedures to be put into place in the coming year.

"Pipestone: An Unbroken Legacy" Screening - Charles Town, WV

In January the community gathered for Movie Night at the Center to see Pipestone: An Unbroken Legacy. For over 3000 years the Pipestone quarries in Minnesota have been a sacred place whose traditions have been passed from generation to generation. This documentary explores the Sacred Quarries, tells the stories of the quarriers and Pipemakers and shows the hard work that it takes to make just one Pipe.

 

Drum the Night Away New Years Eve Vigil - Charles Town, WV



On December 31st the community gathered at the Center to drum the night away and ring in 2014. We celebrated with a shared potluck feast, singing, Round Dances, and much more. 

United States Army Corp of Engineers - Winchester, VA



The Center was invited to join the US Army Corp of Engineers for their annual November Native American Heritage Month program. Guests were able to enjoy our Mobile Interpretive Center, the Tunsweca Wakan H'oka (Sacred Dragonfly Singers), traditional dancing, and remarks from Michael McGee and Jennifer Hudson.

Two Year Anniversary Celebration - Charles Town, WV

This November we celebrated the Two Year Anniversary of opening the One Heart One Mind Interpretive Center. The Community came together to celebrate how the Center came to be, the vision of Chuck Derby, and how we have grown in the past two years to continue the vision.

Stone Fence Garden's Native American Festival - Frederick, MD

In November, the Center was invited to be a part of the Stone Fence Garden's Native American Festival. We were able to treat guests to our Mobile Interpretive Center, a pipe carving demonstration, and the Tunsweca Wakan H'oka. We met many wonderful people and were able to join together with some of the other native groups for singing and dancing.

"Columbus Day Legacy" Screening - Charles Town, WV


We welcomed the community to the Center in October for a screening of Columbus Day Legacy. This documentary explores the quintessential American issues of free speech and ethnic pride against the backdrop of the ongoing Columbus Day parade controversy in Denver, Colorado. Navajo filmaker Bennie Klain takes viewers into this very personal yet very public conflict, asking tough questions about identity and history in America.

Lakota Iyapi 101 (Lakota Language) - Charles Town, WV

To understand this way of life, it is important to learn to speak the language. In this class students learned pronunciation, built a strong vocabulary, and learned some basic phrases to use in everyday conversation.

"Dakota 38" Screening - Baltimore, MD



In October, we were invited back by professors at the Maryland Institute College of the Arts (MICA) to show Dakota 38 and work with students to create context for the anthropological material they had been learning about. Many of the young students were shocked to learn about the racism and discrimination that still affects our communities and culture today.

Veterans Honoring Dinner - Charles Town, WV

We welcomed local veterans to the Center to thank them for their service and sacrifice. We were able to honor them with the drum and a served meal to show that we will never forget the sacrifices they have made for us.

Living History Area - Fredericksburg, VA

September saw the One Heart One Mind Interpretive Center and the Tunsweca Wakan H'oka attending a local festival with our Mobile Interpretive Center and drum in tow! Displays featured information on Pipe making & Quarrying, Boarding Schools and current events.

American Indian Movement & Dakota Teacher Institute - Minneapolis, MN

This summer we helped coordinate and organize the 2013 National Field Study for Vermont Teachers. We coordinated guest speakers, activities, site visits and much more to help K-12 teachers learn how to respectfully approach Native American historical, cultural, and spiritual topics in their classrooms.

Winchester International Festival - Winchester, VA

The Center participated in the Winchester International Festival in June which seeks to invite the public to experience and learn about different cultures from around the world. This was the first time in the history of the event that Native American Culture was represented. Guests were treated to the Tunsweca Wakan H'oka, Traditional Dances, Round Dances, our Mobile Interpretive Center, and of course, tipis.