Danbury, Connecticut’s Museum & Historical Society is thrilled to welcome The Dakota Nation Unity Riders to the city for a day full of ceremony, celebration, and healing on Tuesday, August 6.
The First Nation Dakota People of Manitoba, Canada are riding to spread a message of peace and healing throughout the entire world. This epic journey of the horsemen will cover thousands of miles from Canada to New York State, reaching millions of people.
A full day of events will culminate with a community picnic from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Museum, located at 43 Main Street in Danbury. The public is encouraged to pack a picnic dinner and join in fellowship.
“The museum is honored to be included as a stop in Danbury during this historic journey,” said Bridif Guertin, Executive Director of the Museum. “We are hoping that the community will bring along a picnic basket, meet the riders, and enjoy the grounds and gardens of the museum. It will be an opportunity to thank the Unity Riders before seeing them off on the next leg of their journey.”
“We are trying to reconcile, unite, and make peace with everyone…to be Dakota means to walk in peace and harmony with every living thing.”
-Dakota spiritual leader Jim Miller
Upstate Moving Images was given the honor of filming this historic event with the support of members of the Academy Award winning boxing documentary When We Were Kings. The film will be called The Unity Ride.
The Unity Riders’ visit will also include a ceremony and gathering at noon at Tarrywile Park to honor Oglala Lakota member Albert Afraid of Hawk as well as the Greater Danbury community for their aid in returning Albert’s remains to the his home at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Albert died in Danbury on June 28 in 1900 after performing with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show on White Street .
A full schedule of the Unity Riders’ visit to Danbury can be found on the Museum’s website at danburymuseum.org.