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Rainbow Gathering: July 4 videos

Rainbow Gathering: Around and About

A really cool feature of the Rainbow Gathering is just taking in the sights – the people and all the creativity.  Here are more photos:

A labyrinth in a field of “cairn art”

Peace Art


A very creative (and probably labor intensive!) fire pit for nightly entertainment:

The Prayer Pole in the Main Meadow where all the meals are served and the Meditation for World Peace on July 4:

This is Tianna  from Hawaii.  I was struck by her creativity during her pregnancy:

July 4:  Meditation for World Peace (thousands of people encircling the main meadow with hands held chanting “OM”, followed by a parade led by Kiddie Village and then culminating in a big boisterous celebration that lasts all day and night:

Colorful People blowing bubbles during July 4th celebration:

This is the very colorful “Grandpa Woodstock” who is a regular attendee of the Annual Gathering.  He told me that I was “very beautiful and could be Queen of the Blueberry Blossoms”!

It was great to be with friends from Utah:

The area was very beautiful.  We walked along the Dutch Joe River….

….and walked to the top of a rock with dozens of other folks to watch the sunset:

Rainbow Gathering: Trading

A unique feature of the Rainbow Gathering is the Trade Circle.  No money is to be exchanged – trading goods or services  for goods or services.  I even traded two jokes for two peace pins!
This is Aly Young, aspiring photographer from Kansas, who traded me some of her photos for a crocheted wool hat I made (click the link on her name to see her blog):

This man melted glass into two beautiful beads for me that Tom traded for some tobacco:

This is a photo of another woman who traded for one of my hand crocheted wool hats I made:

Our Trade Blanket:

Rainbow Gathering: Camps and Kitchens

The Rainbow Gathering has been occurring annually since 1972.  Each year the “Gathering of Tribes” is held in a different National Forest.  There are numerous kitchens and camps at the Gathering. 

We called our little camp “Welcome Om”:

Our friend who owns the Salt Lake City Info Shop Free Speech Zone set up her camp there too:

We also hung banners for People for Peace and Justice of Utah

and the Green Party Peace Network

Below are photos of a few other camps and kitchens.  Notice the details and creativity in the construction of the ovens and kitchen/camp sites.

One of our favorite kitchens was Lovin’ Ovens, which made the most wonderful pastries!  They must have had an artist – notice the art on top of the oven:
Front side of oven:

Back side of oven:

This is another kitchen with a constructed oven – Earth Stoned:

and the Information Tent:

Free Speech Zone is listed on the info map:

There was a list of classes and events and performances:

Rainbow Gathering Police Presence

The police presence at the Rainbow Gathering this year was quite unsettling.  There is always some type of police presence near the Gathering and sometimes within the Gathering, but this year seemed to be heavy on that presence (at least in my limited experience – this was my 4th Gathering since 1998).  On our way in to the Gathering on July 2 and out of the Gathering on July 6, through the mountain dirt and gravel roads, we saw people pulled over and dogs searching cars in numerous spots.  There were reports of people being cited for things like not using turn signals to turn onto dirt roads from other dirt roads, not applying brakes properly on curves, and not adhering to the 20 mile per hour speed limit, even if they were just one mile over that limit.

During the evening meal circle on Thursday, July 3rd, I noticed federal law enforcement walking around the circle:

These officials had on black gloves. 

Shortly after that there was a commotion from the forest at the edge of the meadow.  People were screaming that the police had opened fire in Kiddie Village.  What we learned was this:

Apparently an undercover police officer had identified one individual who had been offering him marijuana and when the undercover office called for reinforcement to arrest the individual, the individual resisted arrest.  This resulted in other Gathering participants surrounding the police, from what I hear.  I was not in the area nor did I witness the actual incident, so I am not sure exactly what happened,  but from eye witnesses I heard nothing of Gathering participants throwing sticks or rocks as the news reports indicate, in fact, quite the opposite.  What I did hear from a friend who was there and witnessing it all is that the police opened fire at peoples’ feet with pepper spray pellets and rubber bullets and then fired the same projectiles directly at people’s bodies.  The reports indicate that they did this with children in the area and one child was hit.

Here is a  photo of my friend’s left side from being hit by the police shooting:

There were many more reports and accounts of police brutality.

Fortunately, people who witnessed the event provided documentation. 

Here are links about the incident as told on live radio to We The People Radio Network which had a reporter attending the Gathering with equipment like a satellite phone on which she could call in about this particular incident and other Gathering happenings:

and has posted this photo:

and a link to a blog that had a post on the incident and also has really nice updates on the Rainbow Gathering:
and has this audio:

I have not yet seen anything appear on You Tube.

Here is a link to Pinedale Online which has been reporting regularly on the Gathering:
Its photo page is here:

Here is a link to a blog that has been offering updated information when possible:

I will update this particular post as I obtain more information.  I was part of a recording myself by an individual gathering audio information on his recorder.

National Rainbow Gathering: Fun and Facts

I am back from 4 days in the Wyoming Mountains from the Annual National Rainbow Gathering.  Over the next couple of days I will have stories and photos to share.  I wanted to write in tonight, however, as a heads up that I will have an account of what happened with the police action on July 3rd, that is being reported in the news as an “assault by hippies” on law enforcement, which is a myth.

Stay tuned….

Rainbow Gathering

I will be attending the National Rainbow Gathering late next week.  I request that all folks out there, in the spirit of a more peaceful world, at noon on July 4th, participate in a world wide meditation for world peace.

From the invite to the very first Rainbow Gathering in 1972:
We, who are brothers & sisters, children of God, families of life on earth, friends of nature & of all people, children of humankind calling ourselves Rainbow Family Tribe, humbly invite:
All races, peoples, tribes, communes, men, women, children, individuals — out of love.
All nations & national leaders — out of respect
All religions & religious leaders — out of faith
All politicians — out of charity
to join with us in gathering together for the purpose of expressing our sincere desire that there shall be peace on earth, harmony among all people. This gathering to take place beginning July 1, 1972, near Aspen, Colorado – or between Aspen & the Hopi & Navaho lands – on 3000 acres of land that we hope to purchase or acquire for this gathering — & to hold open worship, prayer, chanting or whatever is the want or desire of the people, for three days, but upon the fourth day of July at noon to ask that there be a meditative, contemplative silence wherein we, the invited people of the world may consider & give honour & respect to anyone or anything that has aided in the positive evolution of humankind & nature upon this, our most beloved & beautiful world — asking blessing upon we people of this world & hope that we people can effectively proceed to evolve, expand, & live in harmony & peace.