Topic 22 of 28: Rainbow Gathering
Thu, May 23, 2002 (08:34) |
Paul Terry Walhus (terry)
Rainbow Tribe has it's gathering every year.
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Topic 22 of 28 [farm]: Rainbow Gathering
Response 1 of 1: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Thu, May 23, 2002 (08:34) * 21 lines
The annual Rainbow Family of Light Gathering of the Tribes draws some 20,000 people for a week-long backwoods celebration of '60s values.
This year's gathering is expected to draw fewer people, perhaps 15,000 total, due to the group's legal battles over the need for permits for the event. It is scheduled for the first week of July, somewhere in the Great Lakes Region.
Last week's New York Rainbow gathering was an offshoot of the main, national event.
Attendees come from every age group and diverse background, says Rob Savoye, a computer programmer, former Deadhead, and Rainbow Family Gathering regular.
"You would be amazed the diversity," he says. "You'd meet all these young kids with dreadlocks in a drum circle with their dogs, but you could also meet vice presidents of finance."
"There's small collection of graybeard types like us," he says, but most Rainbow-goers are under 25.
The Rainbow Gathering is not the only evidence of the modern America's tie-dyed diversity.
Hundreds of communes still operate around the United States, says Tim Miller, a sociologist at the University of Kansas. He estimates there are "hundreds of thousands or millions" of hippies in the country today.
The Hippy.com Web site identifies "hippie havens" in 39 states, including not just New York, Oregon and California, but also Alaska, Hawaii and Arkansas.