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A New Tradition

As we move forward into another New Year, 2011, we'd like to start a new tradition and give acknowledgment, recognition and congratulations to people for various accomplishments in our community. We reach out to a very diverse population in R.E.D., and we'd like to highlight some of the many gifts, talents and work performed in our little "village" of people. This article includes seven groups/individuals that we are placing in the "recognition spotlight" this season. Please take a few minutes to read about them! (Please go to "read more")

Winter Storytelling Reflections (click here for content)

Winter Solstice, December 21, 2010

Longhouse Grand Opening and Powwow, December 3-4, 2010

In honor of the important regional inter-tribal events detailed below, R.E.D. will not host our monthly Social this coming weekend as many folks in our community will be traveling to Eugene to attend this special grand opening and powwow. All are welcome!

News from Lane Community College:

Longhouse grand opening and powwow at LCC main campus Dec. 3-4

Native Storytelling Conference

You are once again invited to attend our 5th Annual Storytelling Conference, December 18, 2010, Noon to 9 p.m., with a community feast at 5 p.m.. Location: Pioneer Hall on Winburn Way in Ashland (across the street from Lithia Park). We look forward to hosting another day of indigenous storytelling and sharing of traditions. Our featured guest will be Esther Stutzman, esteemed storyteller of the Kalapuya People of Southern Oregon. Please watch for more details in the coming month!

R.E.D. Updates, Fall, 2010

Greetings R.E.D. Community. . .our activities and energies are ebbing into the quiet of the year as we move through the seasons, from the fall harvest and now into the cold, winter months. During this time, natural cycles slow us down and allow that time for rest, introspection, time with our families and our more intellectual/mental work (click on "read more").

Winter Garden is Underway

One of the many blessings gifted to R.E.D. is the use of a piece of land out along Wagner Creek Road for our Community Garden. Now that the corn, beans and squash is all harvested, we have decided to plant a winter garden, which is currently underway. We've pulled the corn stalks for more mulching/composting and we've planted some hearty winter crops, including garlic, fava beans, spinach, kale and parsnips. We'd once again like to open participation up to our community.

After the Harvest

As the blustery winds of autumn blew in much-needed rain over the weekend, RED hosted our annual fall event on Saturday, October 23. Our Native Harvest Gathering was a day of hands-on activities in food processing and a celebration of the harvest. Our two main projects were corn grinding and acorn processing. People attending were able to see all the phases of these indigenous foods being processed--from the shucking of the corn to the milling of it, and then sifting and making the corn meal for breads.

Native Harvest Gathering

You are invited to our annual Native Harvest Gathering Saturday, October 23, starting at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the SOU Student Family Housing Community Room, 1361 Quincy Street in Ashland. Our Feast will be served at 4 p.m.. Please see the calendar above for more details.

News from the R.E.D. Community Garden

Greetings R.E.D. Community,

We have great news to give you about the R.E.D. Community Garden. . .it is growing in abundance, promising to yield another healthy crop of the Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash) again this year.

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