Come one and all to the Flutes by the River 2015 gathering at HeHe longhouse on the Warm Springs reservation in Oregon, May 28 - 31, 2015.
Free camping is available at the longhouse. Additional lodging available at Kah-Nee-Ta resort. For those that wish to stay at Kah-Nee-Ta, we have a tribal rate available of $79 + tax per night, which is a pretty good discount from the regular rates. This is subject to availability, so call early to reserve (1-800-554-4786). When you call to make a reservation, tell them you are going to Flutes by the River and reference the event code 25N1SS. You can also reserve directly online with the following link:
Directions: Take US26 to MP 84 if coming from Government Camp or MP 85 if coming from Madras. Shortly thereafter, you will see a large sign for Kah-Nee-Ta and there will be a junction with route 9 taking off to the east towards Simnasho & Kah-Nee-Ta. Directly on the other side of 26 will be a gravel road with a cattle guard. Take that gravel road and proceed for about 1/4 mile to the longhouse. We will have signs posted as well.
Flute makers and native craftspeople are welcome to bring your items. I know that there are quite a few flute makers planning to attend this year.
The longhouse will open at noon on Thursday, May 28, for those that are able to come then. Thursday will be fairly informal, but there will be a PA system set up so people can play flute, share, and socialize.
There will be flute playing and storytelling, with opportunities for everyone to share who wants to. Friday evening around 5:00 or 6:00 PM, we will have the formal opening ceremony and light a healing fire on the banks of the Warm Springs river. This fire will be kept burning day and night until it is put out as part of the closing ceremony at noon on Sunday.
Saturday morning there will be more flute playing, storytelling, and ceremony. In the evening on Saturday, we will have a special ceremony honoring the spiritual and healing power of the flute.
The gathering will close in a ceremony on Sunday at noon. Saturday night or Sunday morning, depending on timing, we will hold a raffle and silent auction. Donations of raffle or silent auction items are appreciated.
Communal meals will be cooked and served in the longhouse. Donations of ingredients are always needed, in quantity. If you would like to bring a prepared dish, please plan to bring a large amount, as you can expect there to be 100 people getting fed at a time. Examples of raw ingredients include bags of potatoes, several dozen eggs, several gallons of milk, bags of apples or other fruit, large bags of carrots, heads of lettuce, several loaves of bread, some boxes of butter, etc. We will be posting a list of needed food items shortly for folks to sign up to bring...
This gathering is a little different from many of the flute festivals out there. It is held on a very special and sacred piece of land, where the tribes have gathered for centuries. It is all conducted in a ceremonial way. For those who may enjoy the Native American Flute, but may not know that much about the cultures from which it comes but want to learn, this is a good place to start and you are welcome. If you come with an open heart, you may find that by the end of the weekend, you leave feeling changed for the better. I feel this way, and I have heard this from many who have attended over the years. Although I go to multiple flute festivals and gatherings throughout the year, if I could only go to one, this would have to be it.
Some additional info: This is a drug and alcohol free event. Not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please supervise children and keep them safe. Dogs on leash at all times and not allowed in Longhouse. Please Use Doggie Bags. If your dog barks, please camp a good distance from longhouse. People sleeping inside the longhouse must remove belongings during the day to make room for activities. Honor these grounds and keep all camping areas clean and help clean up longhouse after gathering. Smokers must use butt cans or ash trays.
For more information, please contact Jeremy Baer at 425-750-1028 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Foster Kalama at 541-325-3797.