Peace Hike

UPDATE! 

10th Annual Yachats New Years Day Peace Hike & Celebration Changes Due to Weather  Concerns


Please read through the entire information below. Should you have any questions or wish more information contact Lauralee at lsven@peak.org or 541.272.1309.

Due to concerns over predictions of unsafe weather conditions, the 10th Annual New Year’s Day Peace Hike, to be held on Wednesday, January 1,  will take place entirely at the Yachats Commons (both in- and out-doors) at 441 N Hwy. 101. There will be no hiking. However, all will be encouraged to join the procession to the ceremonial fire outside the Commons picnic shelter.

The new sequence of events for the day is as follows:

9:15 am

 Check-in at the Commons with music on the stage

10:00 am

  Peace Ceremony

  • Opening
  • Community drumming
  • Candle lighting
  • Telling of the Amanda story
  • Silent procession to the fire circle
  • Cedar burning, blessings & music

11:45 am

Ceremony ends

  • All are invited to stay with the fire, return to the Commons for a bit more music or depart as feels right
  • Raffle drawing at the Commons

If you have further questions about this event, call Lauralee at 541-272-1309 or e-mail lsven@peak.org. For more information on the Yachats Trails Committee and opportunities to volunteer visit www.yachatstrails.org

Some Peace Hike History...

It is through the Tribes and the community’s endeavors with the Amanda Trail that many have become more aware of the great need to acknowledge the wrongs of the past ad to be more conscious of the need to treat people of all cultures throughout the world with honor, dignity and respect.

The Peace Hike came about from an event that took place in the Amanda Grotto immediately following the dedication of the Amanda Trail in July 2009. On that day, the plan was for everyone to head to the Commons for a potluck celebration immediately following the formal opening of the trail. However, many were so moved by Chief Warren Brainard’s Prayer of Dedication and Tribal Council Member Wendy Williford’s telling of the Amanda Story, that many headed to the Amanda Grotto instead of the Commons. As over 50 people gathered in silence at the site of the Amanda Statue, Tribal Flutist Doc Slyter (at the request of his mother, Tribal Elder & Council Member Carolyn Slyter) began playing Amazing Grace. And it was at that moment, in the peace of the grotto, the statue, and the sweet notes that filled the air, that we realized what we were all experiencing was a profound awareness of remorse for the wrongs that had been perpetrated in the past, as well as recognition that no matter who was to blame, it fell to all of us to take responsibility to do better. That in fact, atrocities like those faced by Amanda and her people have occurred longer than we’d like to admit, and continue to occur throughout the world.

And it was from that experience that the idea of the Peace Hike was sparked. It would serve as a way of beginning the new year by commemorating (recalling and showing respect for) the tragic experience Amanda has come to symbolize, while making a solemn commitment by each of us to find that place of peace within us and to vow to let that power direct our actions in the new year.

The Yachats community is honored to have tribal members from throughout the area visit regularly and participate in the Peace Hikes and other important events. For more information, see The Yachats Indians, Origins of the Yachats Name, and the Prison Camp Years by Joanne Kittel and Suzanne Curtis and Those Who Came Before by Michael Shay published in the Oregon Coast Magazine (Nov-Dec 2017).