About the Gathering



In honor of Jake Swamp’s dream and vision, the Gathering of Condolence, Strength and Peace will take place at the Mississippi Headwaters from June 18 – 23, 2012.

Elders have said that long before 1492, grand conventions were held in this area to share our Indigenous knowledge. These elders describe the conventions as large gatherings that reinforced trade networks and introduced innovations, inventions, and adaptations and strengthened relationships.  Great spiritual and traditional significance is tied to the gathering, taking place at the Mississippi Headwaters. 

For Jake, the intension of this gathering is to bring Indigenous Peoples to the banks of the Mississippi river so that they can receive consolation, strength and inner peace, and reaffirm once again, to the world, that Indigenous Nations of this Continent reaffirm their right to walk the same way as their ancestors did. The northern tribes will help their brothers cross the river and so like that they will have heard the man who tapped Jake on the shoulder and ask him to help the people on the other side of the river. 

The ceremony that will take place will be based on the custom and traditions of the Haudenosaunee Nation. 

This private ceremony is for Indigenous Peoples, so that we may heal and walk in unity and therefore is not open to the general public.  We thank you for your interest, support and kindness in supporting our peoples during this ceremony.

The Headwaters of the Mississippi is the geographic center of Turtle Island.


The Headwaters of the Mississippi is the geographic center of Turtle Island



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Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development for its support of the Gathering of Condolence, Strength and Peace

A Gathering of Condolence, Strength and Peace is an Affiliate of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development, Inc.