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The Blessing of the Four Directions at Walt Disney World

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

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:


  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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