Friday, August 12, 2011

Cultural Restoration

My son Dakota is planning a cultural restoration project on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The project will help him earn his eagle scout, but more important, it will restore the structure surrounding my uncle's lodge.

In many ways, the lodge belongs to the whole community. People from many reservations seek spiritual guidance in this place. They also visit from many countries - Canada, Japan, Germany, Ecuador, New Zealand, Israel, and others. My uncle's lodge is open to the world.

However, the old structure is collapsing under the effects of age and weather. Dakota will replace the wall surrounding the fire pit and rebuild the storage shed for the firewood.

Dakota has organized a benefit concert to raise all the money for lumber and other needed materials. He has enlisted a talented group of young people to perform a variety of musical numbers that will include singing, piano, and dance.  

The concert is scheduled at the Lincoln Center on Monday, August 29 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Tickets are $5 if purchased in advance or $8 at the door.

If you would like to purchase tickets or make a donation, please call Dakota at (509) 868-5510.

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