On April 25, about 50 people gathered at Oakrum Baptist Church to take part in a cleansing and healing ceremony over what participants described as the desecration of Native American and African American graves at the Scott Cemetery on the property of The Farm Brewery at Broad Run.
Sheila Hanson, founder of the United Tribes of the Shenandoah, led the ceremony, assisted by Bear, a traditional spiritual healer of the Lakota tribe.
The ceremony had participants one at a time pour a small volume of water into a communal bowl. Hanson then sprinkled water from the bowl on each of those assembled with a ceremonial feathered fan. Bear and others kept a steady drumbeat throughout the ceremony and sang traditional chants.