Dream Dance


The Dream Dance is the initiation and entrance into the Dream Society. This celebration takes place four years in a row and always in late Summer with the waxing moon to full on the final night. Those wishing to dance would commit to dancing four nights. The Ceremony begins with a sweat lodge in the evening, and every evening after until the last morning when it all comes to a close in the morning. Dancers assemble around the sacred fire at dusk and dance four different intervals throughout the night. Everyone is welcome to participate or support our Ceremonials.

This dance serves to connect the people to their dreams. By dancing one can strengthen the connection to the animals or powers of one’s dreams by dancing as that animal or power. Dancers would only fast from food that conflicts with the animal or power that they represent. For instance, if someone were representing elk, they would not eat elk meat. This will be a full Ceremony that you will surely never forget! Dancing our Dream Energy is a way to bring into manifestation our soul's purpose.

Full Moon over Crestone, Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Full Moon over Crestone, Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

The Singing Stone inherited an ancient bundle in October of 2013. This bundle was found alongside Ghost Dance equipment and has not been opened or used for the past 120 years. After unwrapping the bundle during Vision Quest Ceremony, it was found to be a Dream Society Dance Bundle. Many ancient medicine bundles are being reopened nowadays because the time has come for these ways to be practiced again. With their mysteries being unraveled they are being put to use in the magical ways which they were intended. This particular bundle and the way that we received it has been truly miraculous. Now is the time for the reemergence of the Dream Society and it’s annual Dance.

Dancing a specific animal or energy is a profound experience......like dancing the Spirit of the butterfly.

Dancing a specific animal or energy is a profound experience......like dancing the Spirit of the butterfly.


Preparations: Through our dreams we will know what animal or power we represent. As participants we may wear body paint and regalia according to our dreams. We do ask that everyone dancing wears shoes that they do not wear outside of Ceremonies such as moccasins or are barefoot. There are no strict guidelines for what to wear. The important thing is to follow the guidance from Spirit.

Communicating through dreams is an important task for dancers to bring their specific representation into this dance. Ideas to connect to Dream time and to receive a clear message are to make a dream altar, pray, send a letter, or manifest an object from a dream. If clear messages are not received from dreams, there is no need to worry. Everyone has an intuitive connection of the energies to bring into this realm through meditation or by what objects surround us. Participating in the Dream Dance will heighten this vital connection to Dream Time. We suggest that any dancer who partakes of drugs or alcohol refrains from that, in order to help clear the pathways to receive messages. As all with all of our Ceremonies, pets, drugs, and alcohol are not permitted. Each of us is responsible for our own bedding, tent, chair (if needed), and special food requirements.

 

Considered to be a negative force in some tribes, in our tradition the owl Sprit has to do with visions and transformation  of the night.

Considered to be a negative force in some tribes, in our tradition the owl Sprit has to do with visions and transformation  of the night.


Moontime: Women on their moon time (menses) would not participate in the Dream Dance. If a woman’s moon time were to come during the dance she would withdraw from dancing or supporting to a secluded place. The Singing Stone supports this important aspect of a woman’s power during this time and there will be a space provided for all women to be in their own Sacred Ceremony.


More details:
- Please arrive early to set up camp and to see the area in the daylight.
- A tobacco offering is presented to the sweat lodge water pourer. This may be in any form such as rolled, loose, unopened package, etc...
- At the campsite, ladies will need to wear a long skirt, a top that covers the abdomen and shoulders, and a shawl of some sort is traditional. Men wear a shirt and pants and swim trunks for sweat lodges. In this Ceremony we dress modestly and also want to bring extra layers as nights may get chilly!
- Bring blankets and a pillow to sit on as it may get chilly. BE PREPARED WITH LAYERS!
- Flashlight
- Potluck Dish to share (salad, side dishes, desserts, drinks, etc.....)
- As with all of our Ceremonies, we do not allow any drugs, alcohol, or pets on the premise. Thank you for your consideration.
- Be respectful of our openness to include everyone by DONATING:

We dance around the sacred fire of creation for four nights

We dance around the sacred fire of creation for four nights

All participants must keep in mind the energy, time and costs put into the preparations as well as for food, wood, ceremony, and clean up for the entire Ceremony. Jobs for the leaders, cooks, wood tenders, child care providers, and drivers alone require a tremendous amount of energy. Since we operate by donations through The Singing Stone, please give to cover beyond perceived “expenses” if possible. If you have more to give that could help someone else, then please consider doing so. If you are unable to donate then we would like for you to speak with us months or weeks prior to the Ceremony to discuss exchange options.  

Dream Dance 2015

Dream Dance 2015

Donations of any kind are helpful. Monetary are the most helpful so we can purchase food to feed the supporters that makes the most sense. If you would like to donate in the form of cash it is preferred when you arrive but if it is more convenient, you may make a donation to our Paypal account.

We would like to make a friendly reminder to everyone that we prefer organic foods but welcome all food contributions. Visiting local food banks sometimes is a great way to share.

Items we foresee as being very helpful:    toilet paper, garbage bags, ziplock bags, disposable plates, utensils, food, drink, tables, chairs, canopies, tarps, tents, propane, always more wood!

If you are driving and it is not a problem, think about bringing the following:    your own plate, bowl, silverware, cup, chair, tent, camp stove, pots & pans and anything else you like to use for those who will be camping out.

We will send out directions to the Dream Dance closer to the scheduled date. Now is the time for the reemergence of the Dream Society and its annual dance. If you have any questions or would like to let us know that you will be dancing or supporting in any way, please email me at buffalogoddess7@gmail.com. 



Sundance

We believe in the annual Sundance, the pipe, the sacrifice of the sacred cottonwood tree, the power of the sun, the eternal flame and that the sacrifices of the dancers benefits and purifies all the people.

At times the heat and light of the sun can seem so intense and we all must pray more for what is needing attention.

At times the heat and light of the sun can seem so intense and we all must pray more for what is needing attention.


Considered to be the most important of all Ceremonies by some tribes, this community prayer gathering takes place with everyone working together. It truly takes a village to make it all happen. Whether one is cooking meals in the kitchen, building an arbor, cleaning the outhouse, watching the children, sacrificing at the tree, or singing, we are all dancing. Buffalo Goddess and The Singing Stone feel it is an honor to support our relatives in this Ceremony however is most appropriate. One area which we prepare to be of assistance is through singing the Sacred Songs so that we can give it our all when the time comes. We have our own community drum as well as join in at other drums. There are many Traditional Sundances to support in our area in the summertime near our home base in southern Colorado. Contact us if you’re interested in learning more.  

Inipi wakan, or widely known as sweat lodges take place every morning and evening for dancers during the Sundance. At many dances there are also daily supporter lodges. Many times a tipi is erected for those in need of doctoring or rest. There is a huge amount of group effort to create a Sundance.

Inipi wakan, or widely known as sweat lodges take place every morning and evening for dancers during the Sundance. At many dances there are also daily supporter lodges. Many times a tipi is erected for those in need of doctoring or rest. There is a huge amount of group effort to create a Sundance.

The Sun Dance is an annual summertime dance that involves dancing around a sacrificial Cottonwood tree.  The participants perform a short sweat lodge in the mornings and evenings.  Dancers enter the dance arbor at dawn, they dance throughout the day in intervals until evening.  This continues for a total of four days without food and water (details and doctrines may vary).

The Sun Dance is sponsored by an individual although each dancer participates for some selfless reason.  For the healing of someone, to support a good cause, or for the life of a friend or relative.  Dancers pledge to dance annually for four years. Sometimes, during some versions of the dance, piercing of the skin may be involved. Piercing is not required and may vary with individual preference ( according to one's own vision ).

After finishing the four year commitment dancers perform a give away. The Give Away is a showering of gifts by a grateful person upon the rest of the community and everyone else present.  This is done to say thank you to the spirits as well as the people.

Sunset after a long  day of dancing can be quite rewarding.

Sunset after a long  day of dancing can be quite rewarding.

The Sun Dance rite is thousands years old and empowers the people by allowing dancers to give of themselves for the Earth, for others as well as for other selfless reasons. Some elements of the dance have been added recently like the pulling of Buffalo skulls. This was originally done for the atonement of something and was not necessarily part of the dance. that is why it is done outside of the dance arbor away from the the Sun Dance tree. The involvement of the Heyoka, or sacred clown is said to be a recent addition to the dance as well. Long ago women did not dance unless a dancer they supported died before finishing their commitment. There came a time when most of the dancers died and women had to dance to continue the tradition, they have participated ever since.

Like many other details in the spiritual world the fact that they are moving and growing is ample evidence of its’ own sentience and life!  The Sun Dance , as a living entity, works well above the human sphere. At its, center is the sun, next is the tree that gave its life. Then there is the Intercessor, medicine man, the woman representing the White Buffalo Calf Maiden and all the dancers. then just as important are the supporters. All of them are guided by the power of the sun in this dance that has its’ own will and volition regardless of anything else.

Spirit of the White Buffalo Calf Woman is believed to have brought the canapa to the people so that they may live in harmony with all of creation.

Spirit of the White Buffalo Calf Woman is believed to have brought the canapa to the people so that they may live in harmony with all of creation.

In the old days, a band of people would sponsor their spiritual leader or any one capable of accomplishing the dance, and have that person dance to help them, to sacrifice for them to improve their survival and well being. There was one Lakota Sun Dance yearly immediately following the main tribal council representing the entire tribe. One can clearly see by this, that dancing was not done to prove oneself or to gain spiritual advancement. The Sun Dance should be done by those who are responsible for other people's spirituality (by spiritual leaders). One should only dance for some selfless reason and never for your own gain. it is true that by doing the Sun Dance one gains a spiritual connection, but this is only the case for those who do so selflessly. Spiritual gifts then, are more of a by-product of dancing than the motive for it.

Plains style ribbon dresses such as this one are worn at most Sundances by women as well as for going into sweat lodges.

Plains style ribbon dresses such as this one are worn at most Sundances by women as well as for going into sweat lodges.

The sun Dance has grown unbelievably across the Americas and is practiced abroad by Representatives of 53 different countries. Despite controversy, the Sun Dance has become an international spiritual path and will continue to flourish with the sun’s help.

The Native American tribes who originally practiced this dance were: The Arapaho, Arikara, Assiniboine  Cheyenne, Crow, Gros, Ventre, Hidatsa  Sioux, Plains Cree, Plains Ojibway, Sarasi, Omaha, Ponca, Ute, Shoshone, Kiowa, and Blackfoot tribes. Their rituals varied from tribe to tribe. Today, the Sun Dance has survived colonization through it’s secretive practice, despite being illegal until recently.

The importance here is to remember that there is no right or wrong way to pray as long as you respect the teaching of the elders who brought it to the people. Do this by keeping it sacred, not blending it with foreign concepts, and understanding its’ history! The Sun Dance was given to the Lakota people by the White Buffalo Calf Maiden along with the Seven Sacred Rites hundreds’ of years ago according to Lakota records painted on buffalo hides!

The Sun Dance itself, according to Archaeologists, may have started any where from about 4,000 to 14,000 years ago. Countless thousands of pipes have been unearthed from the Hopewell culture in the Ohio Valley, some of which represent woolly mammoth and manatee!