The Standing Bear Council will host its July membership meeting on Sunday, July 7, at 1:00 p.m. at the Hawkeye Restaurant, 105 N. Park Drive, Keokuk. Those wishing to eat are encouraged to come at noon. Standing Bear Council meetings are open to all people – Native and non-Native. Please bring one canned or dry good for storage.
Singing bowls are an ancient instrument with origins that go back to China’s Shang Dynasty (16th-11th centuries BCE). Although there is no evidence that singing bowls were used for therapeutic means in ancient times, modern interest in these instruments has gained worldwide attention in the past 50 years.
Michael Vera Eastmond will present a program about singing bowls. He has played the singing bowls since November 2017. He has spent hundreds of hours playing and researching methods in order to use the bowls for their maximum potential for people. Studies show that the bowls can reduce anxiety and depression; alleviate ringing in the ears; reduce high blood pressure, and give an overall sense of calmness and well-being. He has performed for various groups, including the Nauvoo Senior Citizens Group, Standing Bear Council’s Winter Gathering, and for the residents at the Good Samaritan Home. Michael conducts classes with the singing bowls at The Bodhi Tree Studio in Quincy, Illinois.
Please contact Michael at email@example.com , or at 217-440-8148 if you are interested in the singing bowls.
The Council will coordinate upcoming celebrations of Native heritage, including the Bear Creek Gathering and Rendezvous in Hannibal, August 10-11, and events/programs in the Tri-State area; the Council is participating in the Nauvoo Grape Festival, the Frontier Settlement Day at the Log Cabin Village on Quinsippi Island Saturday, September 8, and the Barry Apple Festival. A program on Native culture is planned Saturday, November 2, at the Quincy Public Library.
The Council is a non-profit organization. For more information about the meeting and/or about Standing Bear Council’s educational programs, please call Larry Cooper at 319-795-6718, Dona Herr, at 319-520-5919, or Debbie Callaghan at 217-219-1188.