Coonrod Ceremony Eloquence

Coonrod Ceremony Eloquence

Welcome to Winnemem Sacred Grounds – these rules are for your safety and for the safety of others.  Please do the best that you can to abide by these guidelines.

GENERAL BEHAVIOR IN CAMP:

  • Absolutely no Alcohol or Drugs or Firearms will be allowed!
  • Once you have set up camp do not leave the ceremony.
  • Keep trash picked up – police the area, don’t expect someone else to pick up after you – the Earth is the Mother to us all
  • Do not bring Ipods, radios, games or loud music to camp – wisdom comes in silence
  • No loud noises at night – the spirits move at night; both good and bad
  • No whistling after sunset
  • Practice good sportsmanship in all activities
  • Respect and care for the Elders – be helpful
  • Use language carefully – all things travel the circle of life
  • Moon Girls – stay back, respect your body and others. Someone needs to serve you food.
  • Keep clothes on. Bare chests, revealing tops & low hanging pants are not allowed at ceremony.
  • Respect yourself and your bodies. Abstain from sexual behavior while on ceremonial grounds.

 

WATER:

  • The Winnemem tribe does not support the use of bottled water. If you need water,  please bring a water container to the kitchen area and fill it from the large container.  This is GOOD spring water from the mountain!
  • Do Not cross the creek to the meadow until told to do so.
  • Only play in the creek below the cook tent as the water is used in the kitchen.
  • Bathing without putting soap in the creek is OK below cook tent.

 

FIRE:

  • Respect the Sacred Fire and grounds – prayer is powerful
  • Throw nothing in the fires – we depend on many things…even the ashes

KITCHEN/FOOD:

  • The Winnemem tribe will provide major meals for ceremony, but certainly will not be able to have food available on a 24/7 basis. Please plan to make arrangements to have snacks and other food items available for your camp members. There is a market in McCloud if you need to purchase snacks before coming to camp. Please no bottled water.
  • Cook Tent serving order: Elders eat first…children will serve them – Younger children are to be served by their parents – Other adults eat in the order specified by the Winnemem.
  • Don’t leave plates of food laying around – it attracts flies, yellow jackets and ants
  • Sort the garbage into the appropriate containers
  • No playing around or near the cook area or the Sacred Circle

  

CHILDREN:

  • Protect and keep children from wandering beyond the ceremony grounds at night.
  • Buddy system only for children leaving the camp – care for each other
  • Children – Do Not put any wood on the fires unless you are asked to by an adult
  • Children – No screaming or yelling allowed – respect the serenity of this sacred place
  • Youth camp areas will be designated

Ceremonial camps are for learning but some teachings are not fun.  Once you are in camp think positively and highly of yourself – you are a child of the Creator, of Mother Earth, of the People.  If your aren’t sure of something – ASK someone who knows!

 

JOBS TO BE DONE OR LEARN TO DO

 

  • ASSIST IN GATHERING AND CUTTING DESIGNATED FIRE WOOD

 

  • HELP SET UP CAMPSITES FOR VISITORS (TENTS, AIR MATTRESSES, ETC.)

 

  • ASSIST IN THE COOK TENT (SIGN UP FOR FOOD PREP OR DISH WASHING)

 

  • HELP PREPARE THE MEALS (BAD ATTITUDES AND DIRTY HANDS NOT ALLOWED)

 

  • WASH DISHES, POTS AND PANS

 

  • GET WATER AS NEEDED

 

  • FIRE BUILDERS AND TENDERS (Non-Ceremonial Fires)

 

  • PICK UP TRASH

 

  • ASSIST ELDERS AND CHILDREN WHEN THEY NEED HELP

 

 

EACH OF THESE JOBS AND MORE ARE IMPORTANT TO THE CAMP AND TO YOURSELF.  DON’T JUST WAIT TO BE ASKED —     VOLUNTEER