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The Blessing of the Four Directions at Walt Disney World

posted on November 20th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Something unique happens this time of year at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – a ceremony performed in the lobby called the Blessing of the Four Directions.

As you may know, November is Native American Heritage Month and every year visiting interpreters James Hansen (Black Wolf) and Anita Hansen (Quick Silver) perform a short ceremony, symbolically driving out negative energy and purifying the resort for the year ahead.

The Hansens also tell stories and answer questions for guests about Native American culture. If you haven’t seen it, here’s video:

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charles from CT on November 20th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Wilderness Lodge is one of our favorite resorts, but we have not yet seen this ceremony. We share a Native American heritage and recognize similar rituals from our Delaware tribe. We call one cast member at Whispering Canyon Cafe our ‘Uncle Charles’ (who is from the Creek tribe) because he is ringer for one of our beloved uncles in Oklahoma.


Heather from FL on November 20th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Is it every day in November or when does this usually take place so we can try to see it?


John from FL on November 21st, 2009 at 11:03 pm

It’s really cool that Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is celebrating Native American Heritage Month in such an interesting way and sharing that culture with guests. I did notice that President Bill Clinton was mentioned as being the first to designate November as Native American Heritage Month. It was actually President George H. W. Bush in 1990 who approved a joint resolution designating November “Native American Heritage Month”. Since 1994, similar proclamations have been issued each year under Presidents William J. Clinton and George H. W. Bush. Just wanted to clarify.