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Native American to Lead Day of Healing at Ludlow Theatre

A Lakota Sioux Tribal Leader will will be part of a "Community Talking Circle" at the Ludlow Theatre on Saturday.

The Social Circus Foundation announced the arrival of William Underbaggage who will lead spiritual, educational, and governmental leaders, along with the general public in the event to share thoughts, words, and prayers, in an attempt to demonstrate tolerance.

A ceremonial peace pipe and healing round dance will close out the day-long ceremony.

Underbaggage and community leaders will lead talk-backs on the theater's balcony throughout the day, a news release said.

Underbaggae is traveling to Ludlow from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He travels the country to teach and participate in indigenous and cultural organizations' activities.

Circus Mojo founder Paul Miller, owner of the Ludlow Theatre, first met Underbaggage at the 2013 Global Alliance for Arts and Health's 24th annual International Conference in Washington, D.C. Underbaggage was the opening speaker, and said, "I shake your hand with a glad heart."

In Lakota culture, Heyoka means "a contrary" or "a sacred clown." Similar to clowns, a heyoka can play an important role in healing people and society, a news release said. As a contrary, a person can present opposite viewpoints from the norms of society. When people laugh at a joke, the heyoka cries; when people mourn, the heyoka laughs. This will be Underbaggage's second trip to the Ludlow Theatre. Five years ago he offered a lecture at the Ludlow Theatre discussing the healing power of the Heyoka.

"It was a great honor to meet Willy in Washington D.C. at the Arts and Health Conference. Twenty-five years ago I graduated from Covington Catholic and my peers voted me Best and Worst Dressed, and Best Dancer," Miller said. "If it weren't for the work study program and the significant educational opportunities Cov Cath provided I would not be here today. Please join us in building upon ‘The Spirit That Will Not Die’ as we juggle and dance our way to build a better future." 

The event will feature live music by Lagniappe from 5-8 p.m. and Beast of Joy from 8-11 p.m.. CincyAcro will be on hand with Circus Mojo performers. BIRCUS beers will be served while visitors dance till midnight.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to midnight at the Ludlow Theatre, 322 Elm Street, Ludlow.

-Staff report

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