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Gather Round For Healing - Community Round Dance

Annually held in fellowship with Creighton University and their Native American Student Association to promote unity, community, healing, and cultural awareness. Free and open to the public.

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Gather Round For Healing - Community Round Dance
Gather Round For Healing - Community Round Dance

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Date and time is TBD

Omaha, 2500 California Plz, Omaha, NE 68178, USA

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Historical Context

The Round Dance, originating from Plains area tribes, has woven itself into Native American cultures for centuries, marking winter gatherings, healing ceremonies, social gatherings, and spiritual celebrations. Characterized by themes of love, loss, and humor, it combines dancing, singing, and drumming to honor Indigenous traditions and unite communities. Recently, it has also served as a rallying point for causes like Idle No More and MMIW, emphasizing community solidarity.

Central to the dance are drummers, around whom participants move in a circle, sometimes joining hands to form a continuous link. From intimate family gatherings to large-scale events, the Round Dance can scale from dozens to thousands, transcending its original purpose of combating winter solitude by fostering communal bonds through shared stories, songs, and meals. Traditionally hosted by families who provide food, these dances not only celebrate culture but also strengthen community ties, one gathering at a time.

Symbolism and Significance

The Round Dance is a celebration of life and unity. Its circular pattern symbolizes the cycle of life, our connection to Earth, and the bond among all beings, embodying the essence of community and eternity. This inclusive dance brings people together, fostering a sense of belonging and shared heritage. More than a social event, it's a ritual of healing, love, and friendship, with movements that mirror the natural cycles and the sun's path. Today, the Round Dance is a powerful expression of cultural pride and renewal, marking the enduring strength of Native American traditions.

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