We come together as modern humans in celebration of ourselves as Community, as the local Environment, as our every-day sustainer, the Earth and deep before Her origins, the mysterious origins of this marvelous Universe(s).
We are looking to a future where our species transcends the predominant philosophies of separation, for it is an illusaion. We look to rectify the predominanting beliefs that most humans hold of an eroneious superior right to complete domnation of the globe, all of its species and elements.
We promote a re-discovery and exploration of the synergy found throughout all of Nature; an astoundingly complex and uttlerly-unified entity which operates in a continued state of incomprehensibly rich co-creatie evolution. As did our ancestors acros the gobe and on every single continent, we reclaim holding sacred space during the Seasonal Shifts of the Solstices and Equinoxes. We alo observe the sacred Seasonal Peaks between them so that in all there are Eight Sabbats held by those who will follow the eb and flow and the waxing and the waning.
Each of these are the Earth's most authentic Holy Days of alignment. For going on a decade, this gathering has offered an evening of communion with the planet that gave rise to our life experience by sustaining it each and every day.We celebrate community with the healing cadence of our tocal tribes-men-and-women dummers, whose passionate chorus enters the hearts and the minds and the souls of those who will move by sacred ceremony. These collective energies are set before a central vortex fire where movement and breath transform into an exaltaton to the great mysteries of the microcosum as to the macrocosm.
This is the Tequesta Drum Circle, a South Florida tradition of Earth-centered celebration, named in honor of the ancestors who held similar ceremonies, and now alongisde us in spirit continue the communal mantra of lifting voices to the greater powers that give rise to all life forms and elements. This powerful Mantra is ignited through the ancient Drum, Chant, Fire, Communing, Relaxation and the countless Authentic Intentions projected forward to manifest into being a world in which humanity utilizes our gifts of creation and light.
Spring Equinox: Friday - March 21, 2014 - 16:57GMT [Waning Gibbous] Summer Solstice: Friday - June 21, 2014 - 10:51GMT [Waning Crescent near New Moon] Autumn Equinox: Tuesday - September 23, 2014 - 02:29GMT [New Moon/Dark of the Moon] Winter Solstice: Sunday - December 21, 2014 - 23:03GMT [New Moon/Dark of the Moon]
Spring Equinox: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 22:45GMT [Dark of the Moon] Summer Solstice: Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 16:38GMT [Waxing Crescent] Fall Equinox: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 08:20GMT [Waxing Gibbous] Winter Solstice: Monday, December 21, 2015 - 23:03GMT [Waxing Gibbous]
Named in honor of those who came before.
May our shared Circle honor the Tequesta Tribe,
expanding our connection to these sacred lands of Florida.
In honor of the enduring Spirits of the Tequesta Tribe (Tu-Kes-Tah) who are integrated amongst the many creatures and forces, each comprising this sacred expression of the southeast Florida peninsula. This Drum Circle is a modern expression attended by many variations of the modern human tribe. It however gives honor to the Tequesta, the first known occupants of this particular land, in summoning their name to be present within the positive energy that we raise.
It is estimated that the Tequesta Indians, as the other first tribes such as the Calusa and Jaega, occupied the lands of Florida for centuries. Their ancestors arrived to a very different Florida literally thousands of years before contact with the first Europeans. The Great-Great Grandmothers of those ancient, Florida tribes that first met the Europans had once lived alongside Mastodon, Sabre Tooth Lions (Smilodon), Giant Terror Birds and prehistoric-Giant Alligators. In Broward county numerous archeological sites of the Tequesta Indians have been discovered or noted, including at the Bonnet House and suggested at Birch State Park. The Tequesta are indeed present in space-time-spirit. They are part of our legacy. It is honorable to remember them as they have been so easily forgotten and taken advantage of by the first European "conquistador" and slave-trading settlers.
It is clear that the Tequesta celebrated seasonal shifts with drum and fire, as most indigenous cultures worldwide have throughout all of the ages. Some of the most alluring keys to their enigmatic past have been found at the Miami Circle, which is now known to have been a sacred center to the Tequesta. Overall, little is known of the Tequesta people. They appear to have been a humble tribe which thrived off of the rich sea, forest and swamp life of the southeastern peninsula. They obtained their name from a village, Tequesta, which lay on a river coming from "Lake Mayaimi" (Fontanedo in Ternaux-C., XX, p. 14). The Tequesta occupied the coastal lands from the Keys to the territory of the Aïs tribes around the Indian River and Vero Beach.