Mt. Mitchell-Despacho Ceremony 2009

A Peruvian elder visited Mt. Mitchell in 2009 and performed a despacho ceremony (ceremony and creation of a bundle to offer/give back to pachamana-mother earth). He stated that the Appalachian Mountains “were crying out for ceremonies”. Many cultural groups around the world honor mountains in some way. As part of that ceremony, Amanda with many others, intentionally put her energy, love, and respect for the mountain into the offering. Amanda left knowing one day she would do her part in helping to honor the mountains through ceremony with others. Having spent many summers, time at college in mountain settings, and weekends in the Appalachian Mountains with family, she feels strongly connected to the mountains and in assisting others in connecting and appreciating them.