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Story telling by Richard Little Feather & Elders
Commencing on Friday 6th November and running until Sunday 8th November, 2015, the Kupidabin Cultural Association Inc. is conducting a "Gathering of the Four Winds". The Gathering of the Four Winds is a bi-annual multi-cultural spiritual gathering which brings together all Indigenous cultures and other cultures/groups to interconnect whilst sharing music, knowledge and hold ceremonies.

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Gathering of the Four Winds (Photo courtesy of Kupidabin Ciultural Association Inc. website)

Located next to Lyell Deer Sanctuary at Mt Samson, the Kupidabin Cultural Association Inc., which is non-profit organisation, has leased a 10-acre block of land, which is protected under the State Government (EPA) Environmental Protection Act as a rare eco region. In 2005 the land was blessed by Tex Chapman, Wakka Wakka Aboriginal Leader, who represented the traditional ancestors of the land giving permission to hold multicultural gatherings. The area is known as "Kupidabin Wilderness", a place of peace and harmony.

There are several events held during the year at the property; however this weekend's theme is "A Place of Love and Balance". The gathering hopes to bring all people together from all over the globe in peace and harmony.

Friday evening 6th November

This event is open to the public and will commence with the tradition welcome to country with Didgeridoo then followed by the Jaran Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Dance Group. A Welcome Song of All Nations will by sung by Navajo Medicine Man Walk the Wind accompanied by his Drummers of All Nations. Other entertainers on the night are Te Tai Mauri Kupa Haka Group, Maori Duet with Harata and Wiremu, Pacific Islanders Performance, Middle Eastern inspired by Silk Road Collective and Africian Drumming and Dance with Nii Armah from Guana Founder of Baala Baajo.

The gate will be open from 5.00pm and closing at 7.15pm in readiness for the evening to commence at 7.30pm. Cost for the evening will be $40 (adults), Student & Concession $25.00 and children 6-14 years $15.00.

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Drumming Workshops (Photo courtesy of Kupidabin Cultural Association Inc. website)

Saturday 7th November

Saturday begins with Sunrise Inipi (Sweat Lodge) with Walk the Wind Navajo Dineh (The Peoples) Elder and Road Priest. His ceremony combines tradition songs and prayers with modern needs. Wind will conduct a Pipe Ceremony in the Medicine Wheel on both Saturday and Sunday and will join Richard Little Feather and the Elders in the Talk Circle/Story Telling and Drumming Circle on Saturday evening. This will follow with a Native American Peace Fire Ceremony. Other activities for Saturday evening will include a Flute Dreaming Circle, Bush Tucker Tasting and Aboriginal Story Telling.

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Workshops, Story Telling and Talks (Photo courtesy of Kupidabin Cultural Association Inc. website)

Sunday 8th November

An Aboriginal Dreaming Circle will be first on the agenda for Sunday morning followed by Maori Cultural Presentations and Workshops. There will be an auction held prior to the Closing Feast on the Sunday with funds raised going towards the development of the K.C.A.I. Cultural Centre.

African Weaving Workshops will be presented over both Saturday and Sunday teaching you the meditative practice of the coil weave which uses fibers that grow in our gardens and in the bush.

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Sweat Lodge Ceremonies (Photo courtesy of Kupidabin Cultural Association Inc. website)

The weekend will close with a Gathering of the Pipe Ceremony by Navajo Medicine Man Walk the Wind from 3.30 4.30pm.

Children are welcome; however it is the responsibility of all adults to supervise your children at all times and there will be options for parents attending workshops to pay for their children's supervision.

Don't miss out on this amazing weekend. Details of how to book can be found on their website or you could telephone 07 3289 4270. Email is Weekend registration from Friday to Sunday is at the cost of $325.00 per person, which will include accommodation and all meals. Accommodation is a mattress in the Long House or you can BYO tent.

More information about other events and workshops such as Dream Catcher Workshops, Drum Workshops, Sacred Full Moon Drumming Circle, Peace Fire, Sweat Lodge Ceremony World Peace Prayer etc can be read on the website.
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Why? Bringing all cultures together for peace and harmony
When: Friday 6th to Sunday 8th November
Phone: 07 3289 4270
Where: Kupidabin Wilderness Mt Samson
Cost: Full Weekend $325/p, Friday night $40/adult
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This looks like a great weekend. I really need to get out and join in some of the wonderful activities that are happening out and about in our community.
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