The drums call back to an elder, who asks each drum group for a delivery of individual songs. Each has a significance of order to celebrate the power and spirit of the prairie and the world around it.
The presentation of flags
A blanket is presented to Howard Croweagle, a longtime friend, for his participation in Native American issues and this yearly ceremony.
Each family was given a tagged butterfly to release all together.
There are usually 28 hoops used in the hoop dance, and they symbolize a prayer that the promised renewal of the collective human spirit will accelerate and that we will all find our place in one great hoop made up of many hoops.
A friend readies a Red-tailed Hawk for release after being rehabilitated from an injury. He walks around the circle and allows everyone to see it.
We all dance a slow dance to share our thoughts and love for each other.
He always says," See you later," to each of his avian friends.
The hawk soared into the air and landed into a nearby tree. He watched his new friends below before flying down into a valley near a river lowlands. Off he went, as if he had never been detained.
Irma is recognized as cooking for the dancers, storytellers and musicians for the last 23 years with a quilt and loving stories of knowing her. Everyone in the circle came by in a line and hugged her or shook her hand. They then joined into a new line and the entire circle reversed itself as each person continued down the line shaking ands and sharing hugs.
An Elder gathers the children and shares a few stories.
We finish with the flags being put away. All gather around a fire and remove any bad feelings and experiences within our lives with good thoughts in silence for 90 seconds. Four children volunteered to sit on buffalo robes and help lead us. They were told the story of the Lakota belief and power the buffalo meant to them. They were instructed to be all of our spiritual guides. We are renewed and restored to live in harmony with the land. A cool prairie breeze soars across the land, sharing love and happiness to all.