(Graphic design by Mona Juckett)

REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR
THE HOLSTON CONFERENCE GATHERING 2008

Sponsored by:
THE HOLSTON CONFERENCE and
NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES TEAM

10th ANNUAL HOLSTON CONFERENCE GATHERING

THE GATHERING 2008
will be held
IN SEPTEMBER 20 & 21 2008 at
COKER CREEK VILLAGE!

THIS IS IT! THE OFFICIAL SCHEDULE AND INFORMATION FOR THE GATHERING 2008.

Once again, we are thrilled to welcome Bill Miller, the Gathering's spiritual leader. During the Gathering, he will deliver an inspiring talk on Saturday afternoon and give an OVER THE TOP CONCERT on Saturday night.

If you are a Bill Miller fan, this is a chance to see and hear him in a relaxed, informal setting. If you are new to Bill Miller, the Gathering is a perfect place to find out why people around the globe love him, his music, and his teachings.


Bill Miller delivering his Saturday afternoon address.

Grammy Award Winning, Mohican/German Speaker, Musician & Artist

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Come explore the Native American Culture and Spirituality. At the Gathering, people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds come together to honor Native American traditions, and people of Native American descent affirm and reconnect with their heritage.

Information by topic:



1. Our Featured Artist: BILL MILLER, SPIRITUAL LEADER OF THE GATHERING

We are once again honored to have Bill Miller as the Gatheriing's keynote speaker and spiritual leader. Bill has an extraordinary spiritual impact. He is a gifted musician, painter and speaker. Of Mohican/German heritage, much of Bill's music deals with the past and present struggles of Native Americans and with his personal battles. A deeply spiritual and dedicated family man, Bill's faith and strength of spirit are apparent in his work. Equally talented as a musician (guitar, harmonica, Native American flute), songwriter, and singer, Bill Miller will touch your spirit.

Bill's talent has been acknowledged by his peers. He has won many awards and played all over the world. In 2007, he won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native American Music Awards (NAMA). In 2005 his album Cedar Dreams won the Grammy for Native American Album of the Year. Bill was honored Grammys again in 2006. Two of his songs were on Sacred Ground: A Tribute to Mother Earth, a compilation of work from various artists, which won the Grammy for Best Native American Album in 2006. Bill's albums include: the Grammy winning Cedar Dreams, Spirit Rain, Healing Waters, and Hear Our Prayer. His CD Ghostdance won NAMMY honors. "Colors of the Wind," from the movie Pocahontas, features Bill Miller on the flute. Bill's PBS special "Songs of the Spirit" is currently being aired nationwide. Click here to visit BILL MILLER'S WEB SITE! Bill will lead us in a session of Spiritual Enrichment Saturday afternoon, as well as a Saturday evening concert.

Don't miss the opportunity to experience one of the country's top Native American Artists in a beautiful and intimate setting!

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2. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

SATURDAY: SEPTEMBER 20  
8:00 - 9:15
Check in: Meet & Mingle
9:15 - 10:15

Orientation/Devotion with Charles Robinson

10:30 - 12:00
WORKSHOP 1

12:00 - 12:45

Lunch

1:00 - 2:00

Spiritual Enrichment with BILL MILLER

2:00 -3:00
Free time: Stroll one of the trails, browse the gift shop, or relax on the porch in a rocking chair. Bill Miller will be available part of this time for autographs and photos. We also encourage you to take advantage of this time to get acquainted with leadership and other participants.
3:15 - 5:45
Pow Wow. (Bring a chair if possible.)
6:00- 7:00

Dinner

7:30
BILL MILLER CONCERT Featuring Mona Juckett, Jaimie Russell, and Emerson Begay

9:39

STORYTELLING with Lloyd Arneach
SUNDAY:
   

8:00 - 9:00

Breakfast
9:00- 9:30
Devotion and Music with Deb Glenn
9:45 - 11:15
WORKSHOP 2
11:30
Closing Circle

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COKER CREEK VILLAGE'S MAIN LODGE
This beautiful building greets you as you arrive at the Gathering.

3. WORKSHOPS:

WORKSHOP TITLE
PRESENTER
DESCRIPTION
A. CHEROKEE POTTERY Mary T. Newman

Learn how pottery was made in the old days from potter  Mary T. Newman. This class will also include instruction and hands-on opportunities for working in
clay. Of Cherokee descent. Mary T. resides in Ashland City, TN. with her family .She conducts pottery workshops and displays throughout the southeast and as far away as Alaska.

B.  SPIRIT OF THE DRUM Emerson Begay

Learn the basics of pow wow singing and drumming, as well as the important role of the drum in Native culture from full-blood Navajo Emerson Begay.Originally from the Farmington NM area, Emerson, is currently living in Kingsport, TN.

C.  POW WOW 101 Jonathon Feather

This workshop is designed for newcomers to pow wows as well as those who have attended pow wows and had questions  they were afraid to ask. This class will include pow wow etiquette, explanations of each dance style and the regalia associated with it, other pow wow customs such as giveaways, etc., and a discussion of common mistakes (offensive questions, etc.) often made by unknowing newcomers.  Jonathon is
Cherokee/Lakota. He grew up on the Qualla boundary in Cherokee,NC  where he now lives with his wife Cindy and three daughters who are all accomplished dancers. Jonathon has been involved in pow wows his entire life in every aspect from champion hoop dancer  to MC  and judge of dance competitions.

D. MEDICINE BAGS Linda Cash

Learn to make your own medicine bag from accomplished beader Linda Cash. Linda will also discuss the meaning and purpose of medicine bags in Native culture. A native of Clinton, TN., Linda is Cherokee/Metis’.  Her exquisite beadwork is  museum quality and is treasured by those fortunate enough to own one of her pieces.
*THIS IS A TWO-PART CLASS. IF YOU CHOOSE THIS WORKSHOP, YOU WILL TAKE IT BOTH DAYS. PLEASE DO
NOT CHOOSE A SECOND WORKSHOP
.

E. MEDICINAL PLANTS Joseph and Catt Redcloud

Learn to identify and utilize plants native to this area for medicinal and practical purposes. Joseph (Cherokee/Crow) and Catt (Creek descent) reside  in the Big Cove area of the Qualla boundary in NC where they make and sell their natural salves and ointments.

F. FOOD FOR SPIRIT Charles Robinson

Charles will share his insights on the connection between Native spirituality and Christianity and how God reveals Himself to us through His creation. This workshop will enhance your relationship with our Creator, regardless of your personal beliefs. Charles (Choctaw) and his wife Siouxsan operate the Red Road Ministry in Franklin, TN.

G. BLACKFOOT CULTURE/COOKING Siouxsan Robinson Siouxsan (Blackfoot/Lakota)  will share with us some of her  culture and demonstrate the preparation of a
traditional dish, berry soup.
Originally from the Rosebud Reservation, Siouxsan now resides in Franklin, TN with her husband Charles and their four children.
H. CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES

Scott Crisp and Jamie Russell

 

Children ages 12 and under will be educated and entertained with activities ranging from stickball to storytelling.  * If we have a wide range of ages, we will separate into appropriate groups.


BILL & DEB GLENN
The program allows specific times for photos and hellos with Bill during the program.

4. BILL'S INSPIRATIONAL TALK

BILL MILLER


Photo: Linda Aronoff

Bill Miller leads a Spiritual Enrichment Session on Saturday afternoon. Typical of Bill, the session always is a a deep and truthful examination of living a life of spirit in today's world. In the intensely personal and intimate setting, participants reported feeling Creator's presence in a new and profound way.

5. 2008 POW WOW:

Experience authentic Native American dancing and live drumming at our Pow Wow. If you have regalia and would like to dance, feel free to do so. Women are encouraged to bring shawls to join in Intertribal dances. Gathering participants in casual dress are welcome to join in the social dances.

FULL REGALIA IS REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION IN GRAND ENTRY.

Dancers who wish to attend the powwow and concert only will receive complimentary dinner and concert tickets and will be admitted to the powwow free of change. Please arrive after 2 PM if you wish to do this and be in full regalia and ready for the Grand Entry at 3PM. Non-dancers who accompany cancers will need to purchase dinner and concert tickets.


AT THE GATHERING, A POW WOW FOLLOWS THE WORKSHOPS & SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT SESSION WITH BILL MILLER.
Traditional dancing followed the presentation of the flag. (The photo is from the 2001 Gathering. Click above to go to an article it.)

THE POW-WOW OFFICIALS:

Master of Ceremonies Scott Crisp (Cherokee Descent)
Head Lady Vicki Standingdeer (EBCI)
Head Man Emerson Begay (Navajo)
Hoop Dancer Jonathon Feather (EBCI, Lakota)
Host Drum East Point Crew
Color Guard

All Warriors Color Guard

   

We recommend that you bring your own lawn chairs for the POW wow, though some seating will be provided.


THE COKER CREEK VILLAGE FIRE DEPARTMENT

6. LODGING AND MEALS

THE RETREAT WILL BE HELD AT
COKER CREEK VILLAGE
TELLICO PLAINS, TENNESSEE

Click above to go to the Coker Creek Village web site.

DIRECTIONS: From I-75, take Exit 60 (Sweetwater) onto Hwy. 68 heading south. Continue traveling on Hwy. 68 south through Sweetwater, Madisonville, and Tellico Plains. You will have traveled exactly 35 miles from the exit when you arrive at Coker Creek Village. Retreat Center is on the left.

A photo tour of Coker Creek Village:

 


VIEW FROM ONE OF THE CABINS

 


A NEW WORLD AWAITS ON THE OTHER SIDE.
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TAKE THE FIRST STEP.
A covered bridge on the Coker Creek Village grounds.

 


THE PATH TO THE DINING HALL

 


THE DINING HALL
A beautiful setting serving bountiful food.

Coker Creek Village's spectacular scenery is just one reason to attend the Gathering. The retreat offers workshops on Native American culture, a POW Wow, wonderful people to get to know, and a powerful experience of spirit. Bill Miller, the Gathering's Mohican/German spiritual leader, tops it off with words of wisdom and a foot stomping, soul stirring concert Saturday night. These photos give the barest idea of what it's like to attend the Gathering.

LODGING:

Bunkhouse style-- Separate men's and women's facilities, with plenty of rest room and shower facilities. Bathrooms have been newly refurbished! Bring sleeping bag or bedding, pillows, towels and personal items. Children and youth will be housed with same-sex parents [or youth leader if with a group]. permission slips are required for al minors not accompanied by a parent; supervision by an adult is also required,

If bunkhouse lodging is not your style, use this link to book accommodations at one of the many motels in the area: monroecounty.com Or call 1-800-245-5428 for the Monroe County Dept. of Tourism

If staying elsewhere, registration for the Gathering is $58 for meals and activities.

MEALS:

Saturday lunch:
Sandwiches, chips, fruit and dessert.

Saturday Dinner and Sunday Breakfast:
Delicious home-cooked meals will be served, cafeteria style, in the dining hall, with meats, vegetables, homemade bread and desserts for dinner, and traditional favorites for breakfast. Lunch will feature Italian favorites. Second helpings encouraged - no one will leave hungry.

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CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON COKER CREEK VILLAGE.

7. ONE HOT CONCERT!


BILL MILLER PERFORMING "GHOST DANCE" AT THE 2001 GATHERING


SCOTT CRISP ON SPOONS & BILL MILLER JAM
AT THE GATHERING'S SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT.
Opening for Bill in 2006 will be announced.

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BILL MILLER PLAYS THE FLUTE



MONA JUCKETT ON STAGE

DON'T MISS THIS ONE!

Tickets for the concert may be purchased at the door for $20.

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LET YOUR SPIRIT FLY-- GO ON RETREAT!

8. REGISTRATION & CONCERT TICKETS:

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COST OPTIONS

COST OPTIONS
1. Entire event beginning with Friday night Lodging. Includes: Saturday night lodging; all activities on Sat. and Sun. POW wow and concert, plus meals beginning with Sat. breakfast.

$95
Children under 6, $75

2. Entire event with Sat. night lodging. Includes all Sat. and Sun. activities as in #1.
$68
Children under 6, $45
3. Entire event with alternate lodging. Includes all activities on Sat. and Sun. Including POW wow and concert and Sat. lunch and dinner.
$58
Children under 6, $25
4. Saturday only. Includes all Saturday activities: Lunch, dinner, POW wow, & concert.
$50
Children under 6, $20
5. Sunday Only. Includes Devotions, Closing Remarks, workshop, and Closing Circle
$30
Children under 6, $10
6. Concert only––ALL SEATS If purchase concert ticket, you may attend Pow Wow. (Dinner not included.)

$15 if order received by 9/6/08

After Sept. 9th:

$20


** Youth groups from Holston Conference churches may inquire about group rates. (865-435-0100)

REGISTRATION FORM:
* REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
9/5/07

* NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER 8/30/07. (We will mail your T-shirt if you are unable to attend at the last minute.)

* PREREGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. IF YOU NEED TO REGISTER AFTER THE DEADLINE, PLEASE CALL TO INSURE AVAILABILITY AND MAKE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS.

*THE COST OF THE SATURDAY CONCERT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR REGISTRATION FEE IF YOU PRE-REGISTER.

*IF YOU WON'T BE ATTENDING THE RETREAT, YOU MAY PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS FOR $15 by calling 865-435-0100 PRIOR TO 9/5/07. AFTER THAT, ALL TICKETS WILL BE SOLD FOR $20.

*$20 WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE CONCERT AT THE GATE. CONCERT ADMISSION ALSO CHARGED FOR LATE REGISTRATIONS.

* PREREGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. IF YOU NEED TO REGISTER AFTER THE DEADLINE, PLEASE CALL TO INSURE AVAILABILITY AND MAKE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS.

* QUESTIONS? CALL: (865) 435- 0100 or E- Mail: wahoohoospirit@yahoo.com

* T-SHIRTS! Those whose registrations are received by September 5, 2008 will receive a complementary event T-shirt. This year's shirt will feature the hand logo pictures on the brochure and will be turquoise in color. Refer to the registration page for list of sizes.

* ONLY THOSE WHOSE REGISTERIONS ARE RECIEVED IN TIME TO BE SUBMITTED WITH OUR ORDER ON SEPTEMBER. 5TH WILL RECEIVE COMPLIMENTARY SHIRT.

* A LIMITED NUMBER OF T-SHIRTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT $15.

* PLEASE REGISTER EARLY TO MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR SIZE AT NO ADDITIONAL COST.


THE GATHERING'S CLOSING CEREMONY
Participants toss their prayer bundles into the fire as Vicki Collins fans their smoke up to the Creator at the closing circle
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