Chief Red Hawk and brother will bless Truckee sculpture
Chief Red Hawk and his brother Black Hawk will celebrate the Martis Outlook sculpture with a traditional Native American blessing ceremony on Friday, as one of several events they will be participating in over the weekend in town.During the sculpture dedication ceremony, Chief Red Hawk will talk about the significance of the artwork relative to the Native American people who once inhabited Martis Valley. People can have the experience to take with them, said Carole Sesko, sculpture project administrator and local artist, about the Native American blessing ceremony. Its a melding of the past, present and future.The sculpture, created by artist Anton Standteiner, is located at the Martis Outlook professional building at the corner of Soaring Way and Truckee Tahoe Airport Road. By serendipitous events Chief Red Hawk was already scheduled to be in Truckee for the weekend to speak at the Trails & Vistas III: Origins and Elements benefit on Sunday, Sep. 10, Sesko said.Chief Red Hawk is a Cherokee, a storyteller, a performer, poet, recording artist and a motivational speaker who travels the country speaking on topics such as cultural diversity and social change. He was the former Chief of the Bird-Band for the American Cherokee Confederacy of Utah, still holding the honorary title of Chief, and sat on the tribal council of the American Cherokee of Georgia as their tribal Medicine Man and Spiritual Leader. Chief Red Hawk said he will do a traditional Native American sage and tobacco blessing while Black Hawk accompanies him on the drums during Fridays sculpture ceremony.At the Trails & Vistas event Chief Red Hawk will speak about the trinity of life: the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of a persons well-being, he said.On Saturday he will visit a hospital in Carson City, Nev. to talk with cancer patients about spiritual healing and the spiritual journey of life and death, Chief Red Hawk said.Part of the message I bring is the circle of life, he said, later using his brother, Black Hawk, as an example of the trinity.Chief Red Hawk said he got a corrective smack from his brother when he said Black Hawk is a three-time World Champion super middleweight kick boxer, whos actually a four-time champion, as the two relaxed in Las Vegas Tuesday afternoon.Black Hawk will perform a martial arts demonstration during Trails & Vistas to benefit the Truckee Donner Land Trust and other local non-profit organizations, he said.
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