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A sacred ceremony led by indigenous brothers and sisters is open to the public to promote healing through connection during "Healing Hearts at Wounded Knee," Pittsburgh's entry in a world-wide observance on Tues, Dec. 29, 6-8 pm, August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh (15222).
Indigenous elders will participate in leading this event, which will include interactive participation, traditional stories, dancing, drumming, and ceremonies as tools to lead those attending through a reflective life changing journey. Healing Hearts at Wounded Knees is free and open to the public.
Pittsburgh's Healing Hearts event is one of more than 100 already planned as part of a global ceremony on the 125th anniversary of the massacre of indigenous people of the Sioux Tribe by US troops on the Pine Ridge Reservation on Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota on December 29, 1890. Following more than a century of historical protests and observances. the anniversary is again being marked with a call for peace and understanding among all people.
The event's international Healing Hearts at Wounded Knee web site states: "The Healing Hearts at Wounded Knee [HHAWK] Committee extend invitation to Indigenous communities, religious institutions, academic institutions, political institutions, and people in all walks of life in order to end massacre, racism, war and to further global healing of the essential "multi-generational wounding" caused by these acts. Since religion is one of the historical modes of oppression, focusing on healing the wounds between Indigenous people and world religions — in particular Christianity — we believe could create a significant shift in consciousness and healing from 2015 – 2018."
Pittsburgh organizers reinforce the Tuesday event is designed to bring our wounds out of denial and work together to heal them hand in hand, heart to heart, invoking the sacred to be with us as we walk down this deeply compassionate reverential road together, applying healing enables to realize a more.
The event is created in partnership with leaders from the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center, First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh, Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community, Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church, August Wilson Center, and many others.