By Jim Uttley, Editor, Indian Life, Special to ASSIST News Service
LAKE JUNALUSKA, NC (ANS – May 13, 2015) — Over the last weekend of June 2015, the hills and mountains of Western North Carolina will come alive with the sound of singing, the beauty of dancing, and the joy of feasting together.
From June 26-28, Sing to the Mountain II will be held at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina between Asheville and the Cherokee Nation. Headlining the weekend will be Mohawk Jonathan Maracle and Broken Walls.
The lineup of singers and speakers will include Cheryl Bear, RainSong, Bill Pagaran of Carry the Cure, Casey Church, Lily Among Thorns, Doug Yates, Aloha Gathering, and more.
There will be a powwow on Saturday afternoon with Apache Bryan Brightcloud as Master of Ceremonies.
Hosted by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Association for Native American Ministries, part of the National Division of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.
Registration will be from 3:00-5:00 pm followed by Dinner and the opening session with Rhythms of Life, Doug Yates and Cheryl Bear, along with Lilly Among Thorns.
Saturday morning begins with a Sunrise Ceremony followed by breakfast. The rest of the morning has teaching sessions and music.
From 1:30-5:30 pm, is the powwow and will include Native crafts and vendors. Those attending the festival are encouraged to bring their regalia and dance.
After dinner, there is the Saturday night concert.
Sunday morning will begin with a Sunrise Ceremony followed by breakfast and a short session after which will be a panel discussion. The Native American music and summer conference concludes at 10 am.
For information on festival program registration, contact Anna King (828-454-6682) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For lodging and meal reservations, call 1-800-222-4930 or by email at email@example.com
Photo captions: 1) Broken Walls band featuring Jonathan Maracle performing at a junior high assembly on the Rosebud Reservation in Mission, SD. 2) Beautiful Lake Junaluska, NC, in summer is site of “Sing to the Mountain 2”. (Photo: Indian Life)
About the writer: Jim Uttley is the Editor for Wiconi International (www.wiconi.com ), as well as the editor of Indian Life newspaper (www.indianlife.org), an award-winning bi-monthly publication for Native Americans. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Cairn University, Jim has been a journalist involved in literature ministry since 1974 including work in Haiti, Guadeloupe and Canada. He writes about Native American issues for ASSIST News Service. Father of three and grandfather of six, Jim and his wife Jan make their home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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