Independence VA, the New River


The “New River” in Independence, Virginia is the oldest river in the Western Hemisphere, nestled in one of America’s most biodiverse valleys.

During the two-day visit, the Indigenous elders carried out the following work:

  • Performing a private ceremony along the New River;

  • Offering a public ritual at Mt. Rogers National Park (highest peak in Virginia);

  • Touring Grayson Natural Farms owned by a neighbor Charlotte Hanes;

  • Blessing and inaugurating the new “Kogi Kiva” (fire & sweat lodge);

Celebrating at a fundraising event in the Peace Pentagon, during which the Elders spoke to everyone of our obligations to the Great Mother – “Aluna.”