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NORTHERN UTES SET `STAR GATHERING’

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Summer is a time of celebration for the Northern Ute Indian tribe, and those interested in understanding themselves and their importance in the balance of life can celebrate summer at a Native American "Star Gathering" June 10-12.

The gathering, to include traditional ceremonies involving the sweat lodge, rising sun, cleansing bath and dancing and drumming, will be conducted by Bear Boy, 40, a Northern Ute medicine man and sundance chief."I want people to have a better understanding of what direction they need to go," Bear Boy said. "People are looking for a peace where their own white god failed them."

Bear Boy's sister, Sally White, said the gathering is open to all non-Indians, but she said participants must be sincere. White would not disclose tuition costs for participants but said those interested should contact her at 649-6869 to register.

She said that the ceremonies to be performed Friday through Sunday are "the real thing" and not connected to New Age religious worship.