The Lumbee Tribal leadership invited Rene' to join a small group of tirbal ambassadors to representative the Lumbee people at the Smithsonian Native American Museum of the American Indian during a historic Lumbee Days Sept. 7-9, 2017. As a chef and horticulture specialist, with Boulder Crest Retreat for combat veterans, Rene' selected plants that heal and are indigenous to her tribal area of North Carolina as her presentation. Rene' presentation will be in the main rotunda. Other Lumbe ambassadors are scheduled for various presentations including cooking demonstrations, live music, tobacco drying, and more, through the building. The fuller agenda is below right.
Friday, Sept. 7 - Reception Saturday, Sept. 8 - 9 Open to Public
Winchester Star article and copy of the Certificate of Authenticity for the Virginia Governor from Sanctuary on the Trail artist Rene' Locklear White - bringing recognition to Native American Indian people and culture with support from community and volunteers who care. Special thanks to Winchester Star Cathy Kuehner and Clarke County Tourism Director Len Capelli.
FROM CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, “More than 90 percent of crop varieties have disappeared from farmer’s fields; half of the breeds of many domestic animals have been lost. In fisheries, all the world’s 17 main fishing grounds are now being fished at or above their sustainable limits.” According to the Center for Biological Diversity, “In the past 500 years, we know of approximately 1,000 species that have gone extinct, from the woodland bison of West Virginia and Arizona’s Merriam’s elk to the Rocky Mountains.” According to the FAO, with this decline, agrobiodiversity is disappearing; the scale of the loss is extensive. With the disappearance of harvested species, varieties and breeds, a wide range of unharvested species also disappear. Since the 1900’s, some 75 percent of the plants genetic diversity has been lost as farmers worldwide have left their multiple local varieties and landraces for genetically uniform, high-yielding varieties. Today, 30 percent of livestock breeds are at risk of extinction; six breeds are lost each month. And 75 percent of the world’s food is generated from only 12 plants and five animal species.
Certificate of Authenticity for the Virginia Governor
Chris busy at work drying lashing to teach children to tie on a wigwam. In the background he is burning/drying the wigwam so poles to protect them from over time.
Rene' working on the gourd ornament for the Governor's mansion holiday tree.
Art collaboration between Chris (hanging box) and Rene' (ornament) for the Virginia Governor's holiday tree. Chris place two tobacco leaves on top for prayers and good energy.
Native American Indian couple Chris and Rene’ White, CEO and president of Sanctuary on the Trail™ successfully applied for Virginia's Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship in the mixed media category today. All applicants will be notified by letter the first week of Feb 2017 if they win. If awarded, Chris and Rene’ will receive $8,000 for collaborative art work they do with Sanctuary on the Trail™ to bring recognition to contributions of Native American Indian people and to reduce suffering. If they win they must remain a permanent VA resident during the grant period of Aug 2017–May 2018. The Fellowship was established in 1940 through a generous donation by the late John Lee Pratt of Fredericksburg. Today the Fellowship is also supplemented by annual gifts from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation and the J. Warwick McClintic Jr. Scholarship Fund. Earlier this year, Chris and Rene’ received a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts to teach children how to build an Indian Village. Sanctuary on the Trail™ is part of the Artisan Trail. They are part of the Clarke County Studio Tour and Top of Virginia Artisan Trail. In October, Clarke County selected Rene's gourd art to represent Clarke county as an ornament for the Governor's holiday tree. Chris designed the box (which can also hang) to carry her ornament. Sanctuary on the Trail is a Native American Indian faith-based non-profit church helping leaders first and bringing recognition to contributions of indigenous to reduce suffering. The couple along with a dedicated team of 25 volunteers are currently planning to bring The Gathering 2017 to Clarke County Fairgrounds. The Gathering is an educational, celebration of agri-CULTURE. They are expecting twice the attendance (10,000) of last year’s event.
Thanks everyone who supported STOP#1 of the Clarke County Art Tour this weekend Sanctuary on the Trail on the Blue Ridge Mountain. Your words and visit encourage us to continue to do what we can to help bring recognition to the contributions of Indigenous Native American Indian people. Also, thanks to everyone who purchased one of the Indigenous Maps by Aaron Carapella. Thank you very much. - Chris and Rene' White
Preliminary reports indicate the Indian Village held Sept. 17-18 during the Bluemont Fair was a huge success. The fair committee is reporting their largest year ever. Initial numbers indicate more than 5,000 adults and children visited the Indian Village; that is at least 50% of the more than 10,000 people who attended the fair. Many who attended indicated interest in The Gathering 2017 by their donations and support to the 20+ artisans featured during the 2-day event.
Congresswoman Barbara Comstock paid a visit to the Indian Village on Saturday, Oct. 17. Pictured are L to R Master of Ceremonies Andrew Tyler, Congresswoman Comstock, Sanctuary on the Trail President Rene' Locklear White and Sanctuary on the Trail CEO Chris (Comeswithclouds) White.
Volunteer Anne Rose volunteered during her vacation time to decorate the Indian Village. Hosts Chris and Rene' present Anne a traditional blanket, a symbol of wrapping one's love in show of appreciation to another.
Rev. Maria Barrera volunteered at the Indian Village welcome center.
Indian Village featured author was Kay Richardson Oxendine Haliwa Saponi Tribe.
Gail Wedepohl Lumbee Indian feather artist (Left) with her dear friend both from Maxton NC.
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