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What: Government Hill Multi-Cultural Potlatch (Gift Giving Feast)
When: August 22-24
Where: Government Hill - Siletz
Details: Government Hill in the Native American reservation of Siletz will be the site of a multi-cultural potlatch, or gift-giving feast, Aug. 22-24. This type of event is practiced by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada and the United States, and also the Interiour and the Subarctic adjoining the Northwest Coast. Dan and LaRita Lundy, founders of Messenger Ministries, were "handed the spoon" for hosting this potlatch.
As with all the previous potlatches, the outdoor August event in Siletz will be free and open to the public. Potlatch comes from the Chinook Jargon (trade language) word meaning "to give away" or "a gift". This "gathering of all tribes" will feature speakers, multicultural dancing and music, meals and the giving away of gifts to attendees. Ministries are invited to set up a table of information. There will be no vendors.
Those wishing to attend should RSVP to: P.O. Box 472, Siletz, OR 97380 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Dry camping and RV spaces are available near the event grounds. Campfires are prohibited, as well as alcohol and drugs. Hotels are located in Newport, 13 miles west of Siletz. Check-in time is for the event is 6 p.m. Aug. 22. Snacks will be provided Friday evening; meals on Saturday and Continental breakfast on Sunday. A worship service will be held Sunday morning.