"We believe in the Wisdom of the Creator. This wisdom, along with the gifts of our culture, our customs, our traditions and our beliefs, as they are expressed in the sacred utterances and performances of the Sacred Sahaptan Healing Way, are gifts given to us by the Creator, through Wyaykihn, and they can neither be given nor taken away by other persons, peoples, nations or governments..." 3rd Expression - Nemenhah Constitution, 2014.
Our 16th Great Council is Called!
Great Council Schedule
Friday, Sep. 22nd
· 6:00 P.M. - Opening Unipi Ceremony
· 7:30 P.M. - Meet and Greet into the evening.
Saturday, Sep. 23rd
· 10:00 A.M. - Business Session:
o Nehm Tiwehkthihmpt’s General Address.
o Agenda Item 1: Ratification of the Constitution of the Nemenhah ITO and Ratification of the Code of Ethical Conduct of the Nemenhah ITO.
o Agenda Item 2: Election Proceedings for the Office of Nehm Tiwehkthihmpt.
· 12:00 P.M. (tentative) - Itsipi Fire is Lit:
o Itsipi Assignments and Accommodations are made, participants Smudged.
o Itsipi Ceremony is held into the afternoon.
· 4:30 P.M. (tentative) - Wahtsaht Ceremony (Thanksgiving Feast):
o Delegates bring an item of prepared food (cooking onsite is permitted by special appointment or approval only); enough for the Delegate’s party and extra to share.
o Traditional foods for Wahtsaht include simple fare: legumes, roots, coarse breads and biscuits, preserved or dried fruits, fermented foods and drink (non-alcoholic only), fish, fresh fruits and vegetables if available, etc.
o Alcoholic foods and beverages prohibited.
o Illicit substances prohibited.
· 6:00 P.M. (tentative) - Kneeling Dance:
o Delegates convene to make an offering of Thanksgiving and Blessing of Sacred Breath (Prayer) to the Earth.
o Delegates may also make an offering of Thanksgiving in the form of planting an herb or flower in the Temple Garden.
o Great Council is adjourned for one year with a Closing Unipi Ceremony.
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We believe in miracles; such as cures, healings, prophecies, visions, Wyaykihn (personal revelations and visitations), the speaking in tongues and the interpretation of tongues, the translation of ancient languages, and so forth, and that it is the right of all people to heal and be healed without restriction from any earthly government, for Natural Medicine and Natural Modalities of Healing are gifts of the Creator... 10th Expression, Nemenhah Constitution - 2014.
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