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The WIT Rites of Passage Circle Studies Native American Cultures

The WIT Rites of Passage Circle had their fourth monthly session on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Nature’s Garden for Victory Peace in Tuskegee, Alabama. This was the first in-person session; the others were held virtually. Valarie Adams, Co-Founder and President of the Alabama Indigenous Coalition, facilitated the half day session under the theme, I Love Myself. Am I My Sister’s Keeper??Adams introduced the 10 to 13-year-old rites of passage “Daughters” to the basics of Indigenous Native American spiritual, mental and physical development and protection. Adams also conducted a survey of diverse Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Island Cultures. “Today was a beautiful blessing! Time spent in nature, ritual and ceremony, the beauty of the elders passing along wisdom to the young ones. Everything in divine order,” exclaimed Norma (Iyabode) McGowan-Jackson, Tuskegee Councilwoman.

Other adult mentors at the interactive, hands-on activity were Dr. Muhjah Shakir, Founder and President of Nature’s Garden for Victory and Peace; Rev. Dr. Jacquetta Parhams, Self-Care Coach and President, Efficientime Life Management; and Adeyela Albury Bennett, CEO of Women in Training, Inc.

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