Yachats Annual New Year's Day Peace Hike
Start the year off on the right foot!
When: Tuesday January 1, 2019
Please read through the entire information below. Should you have any questions or wish more information about the New Year’s Day Peace Hike contact Lauralee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541.272.1309.
Check-in Location: Yachats Commons, 441 N. Highway 101, Yachats 97498
Check-in & Start Times: 9:15 to 10:15am
Event End: 12 noon
Check-in & Start: All participants are asked to check-in at the Yachats Commons before embarking on the hike and arriving at the ceremony site. At check-in you will receive your 2019 commemorative Peace Hike button and route map, and you will be required to sign a liability waiver.
Recognizing that we all travel at different speeds, we have stretched the check-in and start times for the hike, and are leaving it to you to determine how long it will take to walk the 3-miles (described below) in order to arrive at the ceremony site by 11:15 a.m. The ceremony WILL start promptly at 11:15 a.m. Slower hikers should check-in and begin the hike at the earliest time -- 9:15 a.m. Faster hikers that are confident they can hike 3-miles in an hour may check-in and begin the hike no later than 10:15 a.m. Check-in will close at 10:15 a.m.
Telling of the Amanda Story: For those interested in hearing the telling of the Amanda Story by members of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, you are encouraged to register at 9:15 a.m. and head to the Little Log Church for the presentation which begins at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at 10:00 a.m. See Candle Light Vigil below for details.
Hike description: The hike from the Yachats Commons to the Amanda grotto and back is a full 6-miles. About two-thirds of the distance is on level hard surface streets. The remainder of the hike is on a single-track dirt trail with typical obstacles (i.e. exposed roots, uneven surface). There are some stairs and elevation changes, each no more than 20 feet in gain. A few inclines are steep and, when wet, are slippery.
- Walking sticks are always a good idea.
- Dress in layers and be prepared for cold and wet weather.
- Please bring your own water bottle.
- For safety purposes, we ask that you follow the route on the map provided at check-in.
There will be no shuttle service. While our volunteers have provided shuttles using their private vehicles in the past, concerns for safety have required that we discontinue this service.
There will be no parking at the Kittle driveway, nor at the Ocean Creek Bed & Breakfast Inn.
For those wishing to participate in the peace event, but not wishing to walk the entire distance, you may check-in at the Commons and then drive to Ocean View Road, park in any of the legal parking areas along the road, and continue walking the remainder of the route. This will reduce the length of the hike by ½ to 1-mile, depending on how far south along the road you park.
Peace Ceremony: Please note that the ceremony at Amanda grotto will run about 45-minutes, and it is several degrees colder in the grotto than on the rest of the route. So dressing in layers and preparing for cold conditions when you’re stationary at the ceremony site is advisable. There is limited seating on log stumps for those in need. We ask that those of us able to stand for the ceremony do so.
The Peace Hike will conclude at the end of the ceremony. When the peace ceremony ends, people may linger at the ceremony site, head back to the village or make their way to the Little Log Church to light a candle and listen to the musicians from approximately 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.
Dogs: Well-behaved dogs and responsible handlers are welcome. However please note: there will be other dogs, it’s several degrees colder at the ceremony site, and we’ll be standing in one place for about 45-minutes. If your dog is susceptible to cold, it’s advisable that you bring a dog coat. If, during the ceremony, your dog begins to whimper or bark or otherwise causes a distraction, we ask that you take it upon yourself to leave the grotto. If your dog settles, you’re certainly welcome to return to the site.
Candle Light Vigil
Location: Yachats’ Little Log Church, 328 W 3rd St, Yachats, OR 97498
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Telling of the Amanda Story: 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. -- Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians will tell the story of Amanda and the tragedy that befell her and her people at the hands of the U.S. government during the reservation period from 1850 to 1875.
Candle Light Vigil: 10:00 – 1:00 p.m. – The candle light vigil is intended as an alternative for those not wishing to hike, and provides another opportunity to commemorate the wrongs that occurred during the reservation period, to acknowledge that atrocities continue in the U.S. and around the world, and to make a commitment to stand strong and defy these wrongs in the future. Hikers and non-hikers are invited to stop by the Little Log Church to light a candle, and take a few moments to meditate or pray for peace. You may come and go as you please.
In addition, following the peace ceremony at Amanda’s grotto, some of the tribal musicians will come to the church to sing and play their instruments. The timing may vary a bit, but we’re hoping this portion of the vigil will run from about 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.
The people of Yachats wish to extend special thanks to the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians for their willingness to partner with us on Amanda’s Peace Hike and Candle Light Vigil. Their courage, strength, dignity and grace have touched the hearts and souls of many of us. It is their history, and their present day commitment to their ways and beliefs that have inspired the Yachats Trails Committee to organize the New Year’s Day Peace Hike. And it is through this hike that we hope to begin the new year with a greater commitment to dignity and respect for all life.
The New Year’s Day Peace Hike is sponsored by the Yachats Trails Committee and its dedicated volunteers. The committee meets on the first Saturday of each month to maintain, improve and build trails in the Yachats area; and meets on the third Saturday of each month to remove and otherwise manage invasive plants in the area. For more information on the Yachats Trails Committee, view our website at YachatsTrails.org
Should you have any questions or wish more information about the New Year’s Day Peace Hike contact Lauralee at email@example.com or 541.272.1309.
Some Peace Hike History...
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 Story of the 2019 Peace Hike Commemorative Pin
Many people have asked who designed this year's striking Peace Hike pin that was given to all who hiked to the peace ceremony along the Amanda Trail. It was created by Mary-Beth Nickel, who also sang and played Native American flutes, drums and other instruments with Doc Slyter and additional members of the CTCLUSI tribes during the hike and vigil.
Here is her story of what this image means and how it came to be.
A Wolf Totem for the 2019 Yachats New Year’s Day Peace Hike
The first frame drum to join my household was made by the late Tsartlip/Nez Perce master artisan, John Sampson, on Vancouver Island, B.C., a number of years ago. This particular deerhide drum by him bears a beautiful painting of the Tsartlip wolf totem. The artisan taught me about the significance of the wolf to his people. The wolf shows us the profound importance of community & family & working together, he said.
A number of months passed between the day I met the drum & the day it came home with me. One afternoon in the interim, I experienced a vision, if you will, of the totemic wolf. Although the tangible wolf on the drum was painted in traditional red & black, the wolf in the vision was arrayed in blues reminiscent of a summer sky & turquoise greens the color of newly sprouted life in the spring or maybe a tropical wave with the sun shining behind it. The wolf of vision was female; maternal in countenance: strong & wise, loving & challenging. In the vision, she transcended the borders of the drum as if those physical boundaries could not contain her energy & wisdom.
The painting on this year’s Peace Hike button is my rendering of that vision wolf. Her messages seem particularly apt for the themes of the hike. She encourages us to recognize the value of working together, honoring one another, & living as a community. That goes for individuals in a family, but also the peoples of the wider, human community. Her transcendence of the drum’s borders depicts the transcendence of barriers, especially the myth of “Us vs. Them” that so easily divides people from one another in families, communities; nations & rationalizes every atrocity from domestic violence to genocide.
The myth of “Us vs. Them” is just that – a myth. As Vietnamese monk & philosopher, Thich Nhat Hanh, explained: Humankind is like the ocean with its vast array of varied waves. Some are tall & crested with froth; some are smooth & rolling; some are turquoise, tropical blue; some are steely grey. Each wave is unique & yet not separate from the others. There is no “Us vs. Them.” Our distinctive waves are all part of one ocean. That foundational truth & the messages of the Tsartlip wolf totem seem to me central to the Peace Hike & its purposes. The vision wolf on this year’s button reminds us of those central themes.