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Drum Dance

Led by test

Chief’s note to dancers



Thank you for considering this Ceremony. You are warmly welcomed. This is not a Native American ceremony. This Dance is non-traditional and does not promote any specific religion or creed. It is rather the bringing into physicality of the vision that was given to our Elder, Beautiful Painted arrow, aka Joseph Rael. Following is the vision as it is written in his book Being and Vibration, pp 165-166.



Joseph Rael, Beautiful Painted Arrow, wrote of the Drum Dance:

“I was given a vision in which I saw a Drum Dance. Men and women dancers were moving rhythmically back and forth on an open field from inside a giant drum that was being played . . .

“The drum was made from a hollow log with a skin on it. The people who were playing the drum said that when doing a Drum Dance, the dancers would bring forth greatness because the wood is greatness and is what the drum is made from. The dancers would dance the vibration of the sound, bouncing back (present) and forth (future) and returning to past memory, like the sound waves which were bouncing back and forth inside the hollow log of the drum being played. This would be a way by which all physical life would pick up the resonating vibration of sound by which to shift consciousness. This could create the necessary planetary changes because the planetary energies wanted to dance effortlessly between the present, future, and memory of harmony . . .

“During the first day, the dancers release emotional hindrances to their personal growth . . .  By the second day, fatigue starts to set in. As the physical body surrenders, there is . . . a sense of exhilaration, of transcending limitations and beliefs about oneself. The dancers begin to receive glimpses of other parallel realities.

“During the third day, a golden plate forms over the heads of the dancers and another plate appears directly below on the ground at the feet of the dancers. From time to time, the energy spirals from the lower plate to the upper plate, connecting the Earth energy with the Sky energy . . .”

--from Being and Vibration by Joseph Rael, pp. 165 and 166

Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. This is our 26th year to Dance, Drum Dance at the Center for Peace. This Dance a dry fast and accommodations for medical needs are always available. If you have questions about this Dance, please contact the Chief, Brenda Sue Whitmire at If you are ready to begin this Dance, the registration page is linked above on this page. The commitment to Dance is a total of six years. These can be Danced yearly or spaced out. The “what, when, where” information will be coming your way after you register.

Please note: The Center complies with all local rules and regulations regarding outside gatherings as they apply to COVID. In addition, in an abundance of caution, each person participating in this ceremony will be asked to test negative for COVID within 24 hours of the beginning of the Dance. If you need a home test, one will be provided for you at registration.


This year, the requested donation for the Drum Dance is $. This is the amount required to provide the physical things necessary to present the Dance. No one is ever turned away from ceremony due to a lack of funds. There are work/Dance programs in place and other arrangments can be made.

Please contact Dona Walker at (865) 428-3070 if you are called to Dance and need help with this donation.

On Site Registration

11 am to 1 pm on Friday.