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2023 New Years Day Peace Hike
January 1 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
HONORING INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND CULTURE
On New Year’s Day, the Yachats Trails Committee will host the 12th Annual Peace Hike in Yachats, Oregon. The Peace Hike traditionally honors the memory of a blind Native American (Coos) woman named Amanda who was forcibly taken away from her daughter and marched 80 miles with other captives all barefoot through the rocky terrain to the Alsea Sub-agency prison camp in what is now Yachats in 1864.
Each year, as part of the ceremony, cedar springs, a sacred tree for many tribes of the Pacific Northwest, are provided for anyone to explore prayers and set intentions with cedar. People can take the sprig and walk, holding their vision of peace and its meaning.
All are invited to participate
9:30 am Start with Yachats Community Drumming at Commons Pavilion
10 am Fire will be lit, and the ceremony will begin, led by Tribal members with the telling of the Amanda story
10:30 am Set intentions and walk with a cedar sprig to the ceremony site along the Amanda Trail or walk community trails (maps available)
12 pm Tribal member-led ceremony at the Amanda statue, place your cedar sprig on the fire
The Yachats Trails Committee has composed a map of alternative trails that allow everyone to hike or walk where they are most comfortable, in addition to those who want to hike to the Amanda Gathering Area. Committee members will be on hand to answer questions and provide maps and guidance at the Picnic Shelter behind the Yachats Commons.
There will be two small ceremonial fires where to place the Cedar sprigs – one near the picnic shelter and one at the Amanda Gathering Area for those who hike the Amanda Trail.
To truly understand the government-sponsored genocidal policies that led to the murder and suffering of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw, and Alsea Peoples, watch a video narrated by Patricia Whereat Phillips, Miluk Coos, member of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI) and Donald Slyter, Chief of the CTCLUSI. www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6D-wkqXGy0
Water, energy bars, and delicious cookies prepared and generously donated by the Yachats Ladies Club will be available at the Picnic Shelter and the Amanda Gathering Area.
All participants will be given Peace hike buttons.
This year’s Peace Hike button has been beautifully created by artists Loren Dickinson and Bette Perman.
A silent auction will feature an original painting by Margie Lopez Reed of the 2020 Peace Hike. Donations and proceeds from the auction will be devoted to constructing a boardwalk along the Oregon Coast Trail in Yachats.