April 30, 2011

River Community raised the level of Cultural Awareness and involvement with a special program centered around Native American food, lore, spirituality, community and self-expression. Our guest speaker led the participants in a meditative exercise which is common in Native American experience -- the Medicine Wheel. Following this exercise the entire community was equipped with drums.  To everyone's delight, four drummers at the mother drum led the room in a Native American drum circle. It was coordinated with a delicious lunch of Native American recipes including fry bread and stew. The event created an electric atmosphere that participant's and staff spoke about for days.  We were honored to have various SMRS staff at our facility to share this wonderful experience with us.