Sometimes Wakonda means goodbye

It’s time to bid a fond farewell (wakonda) to the tribes moving on to become members of the Trailblazers.

Come to the Annex and bare witness to one of the most sacred Anopi events: Graduation. The focal point of this evening is the symbolic, and highly emotional, “Broken Arrow” ceremony. Each parent and child privately shares memories of the good times they’ve had. As they tell their stories, each person paints a blue tear on the others face. This one-of-one time is followed by the breaking of an arrow symbolizing the breaking with the past and movement to the future. The broken arrow is then mounted on a wooden plaque inscribed with the child’s name and tribe. At last year’s ceremony, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Graduation isn’t just for third-year tribes–all Anopi members and families are encouraged to attend. Come say goodbye, but not farewell, to your friends, enjoy some cake and ice cream, and witness the welcoming of the new Nation Chief. Remember to bring your camera and a plenty of tissues.


YMCA Annex, 8015 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Times and locations are subject to change. Please check with your tribal leader for up to date info on events.

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