Greetings! Hope everyone is well, staying cool & safe this summer. Thanks and Praise to the Great Spirit for guiding our travels, we are nothing without his Grace and Mercy.
Now lets see... where did I leave off? Ahh yes
Behind the Outback ~ A Nomadic Journey
23 July 2009 ~ We headed out of Advance, NC using I-77 North to Virginia. Up into the Mountain, please excuse all the road pictures, but I just Love seeing the mountain scenery. The photo album for the travels to Wolf Creek Indian Museum is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spiderwrulf/sets/72157621868037690/
The Crosswinds were not bad this time, but there was a head wind that was pretty wild. We would be going downhill, yet I was takking 2500 to 300 RPM at 45-50 mph! It was Very Cloudy as well and I couldn't even see Mt Airy on the way up Otherwise very uneventful drive into this VERY Beautiful Area. There is a Tunnel through the mountain to get to Wytheville, Bland, Bastain Area.
Well, as I say, we get there without incident and begin to get preliminarily set-up in where we knew we would be. We were the second to arrive, and were waiting for the Pow wow Committee to arrive, Also Chief Jim, to get started setting up the circle and plotting out the vendors.
We started setting up the shop and had to break around 4pm and head over to the Museum for a Press Release the Committee gathered. That was Great, I didn't get to see the Museum last time! It was Really Awesome, although most of the press didn't show up, apparently there was a hotter story happening Anyways, Bird Chopper Drummed and some people danced. Please see the Video on you tube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nArRNKIEfJM I have the entire interview/press release video on the dot com which you will find the link for in the description of the video.
Apparently there was a Tractor Trailer Accident that blocked I-77 just after we passed through. On the way out I got a picture of where the truck went over.
25-27 July 2009 ~ All Nations Green Corn Festival & Pow Wow ~ Wolf Creek Indian Village & Museum ~ Bland County Fairgrounds Virginia
The pictures from the pow wow can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spiderwrulf/sets/72157621867837726/
Friday had Many Dancers, it was a Very Good Friday Afternoon Grand Entry! Ken was Keeper of the Circle, so I was limited to the video and pictures I could sneak out and take. But Please see the Videos here: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Spiderwrulf&view=videos
We were so Blessed, Many people from last year remembered us and came back to visit in the shop. As well as our New Out of State Extended Family that was Growing bigger than we could Imagine.
The Local Elder, Gray Wolf, took a shining to Ken. He was very happy that Ken was there to help do some of the things He himself had to do alone last year. I got a chance to sit with him for a very short while, but was very Thankful for it. One of the Main things I remember him saying was that he has Walked the Red Road for over 50 years!
They had a Luck of the Draw that was THE Biggest I ever Heard of! They gave $2000 total throughout the weekend ~ The Lowest envelope had $25 in it, various $50 & $100, and there were 2 envelopes that had $200 in them!! WOW, now that is Incentive to get out there and Shake Tail Feathers!! LOL
The news guy actually came on Friday and Saturday and took lots of footage and interviews, BUT they still only put a few seconds of footage on the air
Saturday later afternoon we got some fun/social dances in such as the Broom Dance and Switch Dance. It was a Lot of Fun and makes for good pics
As Always "The Box" was a Lot of Fun in the shop!
Well a Storm came over the mountain Saturday night after pow wow. Wikid cool Lightning, got a cool video too! But, Sunday it was quite rainy and the committee Called the Pow Wow later in the morning. So we packed up earlier than expected.
27 July 2009 ~ On the road Again - Heading for Dixie Caverns in Salem, Virgina for an overnight stay, Dump, Shower, Rest, Chow (NOT Necessarily in THAT order LOL) Trying to send out some postcards when I can, found some really cool ones at the Caverns!! So, if I don't have your home address and you want to see a postcard, email me your address! firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, it was on a couple of hours driving to get here so its a Great place to catch up with yourself. In the Woods and Mountains with enough of a city not too far to get munitions for anything you may need. Really GREAT Radio Station 106.1 Steve FM Check 'em out online too they have streaming!!! http://1061stevefm.com/main.html
I took so many mountain pictures while here in Virginia that the camera batteries burnt up and I didn't get too many pictures on the road headed to Chesapeake Bay !
More to Come soon! We Love You all and Look forward to seeing y'all Real Soon.
Much Love and many prayers,
Spiderwrulf & Cloudwalker