2015Serpent Mound's History, Mystery, And Intrigue!


June 21-23, 2019
at the Soaring Eagle Retreat

Next door to The Great Serpent Mound Park
Soaring Eagle Retreat, 375 Horner Chapel, Peebles, Ohio 45660

Festival Rules: (For everyone.)

  • This is a family friendly event - there is to be NO alcohol, drugs, guns, or nudity!
  • Children are welcome and must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.
  • There is no smoking in the Main Tents, in the port-o-lets or within the group hikes. There are proper places to put one’s cigarette butts, so please do not throw them on the ground.
  • There is to be NO Indian Policing or Politics permitted – All Races, All Religions, All Our Relations
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times, next to owner, and must be cleaned up after.
  • The back gate to the Serpent Mound Park will close at dark, no one may re-enter until daylight.


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Visit our Workshops and Hikes


The 2019 Tentative Speakers Schedule

The thoughts and opinions of each presenter, are their own and FOSM does not support or promote only one view, but offers an opportunity and platform for people to share their thoughts, experiences, and theories and let the public discern what feels right to them.

All lectures are held in the large white tent.

Friday, June 21
12:00 PM - Delsey Wilson - Opening Greetings
1:00 PM - Adam Batson - Seasonal People's Circle Ceremony
1:00 PM - Joseph Whitefeather Mato - Flute Music
2:00 PM - Family Traditions Animal Adventures -

3:00 PM - Deo Abellera - Singing Bowls
4:00 PM - Steven T. Barr - Practical Uses of Your Crystals and Stones
5:00 PM - Jeffrey Wilson - To be announced
6:00 PM - Ed Grondine - To be announced
7:00 PM - Jeffrey Wilson - Sunset Tour around Serpent Mound
8:00 PM - Sunset Viewing at Serpent Mound Oval
9:00 - 11:00 PM - Family Friendly Open Free Style Drumming and Dancing
10:00 PM - Fletcher Wilson - Stargazing

Saturday, June 22
10:00 AM - Deborah Brubaker - Flute Music
11:00 AM - Chris Davis - Music
12:00 PM - Lou-Anne Fauteck Makes Marks, PhD - Sacred America, Great Serpent Mound, and Theophanies of Place
1:00 PM - Richard Moats - Recent Discoveries
2:00 PM - Ross Hamilton - Earthworks
3:00 PM - Jeffrey Wilson - Serpent Effigies of North America
5:00 PM - Speakers Panel Q & A
6:00 PM - Zack Kouns - Music
7:00 PM - Sunset Tour around Serpent Mound
8:00 PM - Sunset Viewing at Serpent Mound Effigy
9:00 - 11:00 PM - Open Mic/Jam Session
10:00 PM - Fletcher Wilson -Stargazing

Sunday, June 23
11:00 AM - Mike Bastine - coauthor of "Iroquois Supernatural"
12:00 PM - Azurea Windwalker -
1:00 PM - Steve Free - Music and Storytelling
2:00 PM - Spirits of the Winds - Singers
3:00 PM - Anara Whitebear - To be announced (Unconfirmed)
4:00 PM -
5:00 PM - Vendors start closing down.
7:00 PM - Jeffrey Wilson - Sunset Tour around Serpent Mound
8:00 PM - Sunset Viewing at Serpent Mound Oval
9:00 PM - Festival Closed


Presenters in chronological order:
Delsey Wilson, Executive Director, Volunteer, and a founding Board Member of the Friends of Serpent Mound will present FOSM's Summer Solstice Celebration - A Place for Family Fun and Learning! on Fri., June 21 at 12 pm.
Delsey will explain FOSM and the Summer Solstice Celebration. Share the fun new activities planned that weekend, along with FOSM's other events they hold throughout the year.



Joseph Whitefeather Mato is a recording artist, flute maker, and storyteller with Lakota heritage. Joseph has been with us for several years and last year, just prior to our event he suffered a stroke and we missed him terribly. We are so happy to have him back! Enjoy his beautiful flute music on Friday, June 21st at 1 pm, and visit his booth any time during the festival to received teachings on playing the Native American flute and purchase one of Joseph's handmade flutes.

Visit his website at http://dancingbirdflutes.weebly.com/





Adam Batson is a Volunteer and Board Member of the Friends of Serpent Mound. He will lead a Seasonal People's Circle at 1 PM on Friday, June 21. This welcoming Summer Ceremony is free and open to the public. Everyone will gather in a circle. First, he will call in the directions, an Earth-based practice to honor the natural aspects around us. Then everyone will be allowed to say something during the three go-rounds.
First - introduce oneself.
Second - one can say something about the Solstice or the place.
Third - say what has yet to be said.
Finally, the circle will close and declare gratitude.

Family Traditions Animal Adventures, A locally family owned Petting Zoo in the Unity Area between Peebles and West Union. Come out and meet owner Ryan Shively and some four legged fury ambassadors.

Deo Abellera is a member of the Great Serpent Mound Society of Dowsers. Along with many other hours he volunteers throughout our community here in Adams County. He loves sharing his enjoyment for Singing Bowls. He will do a demonstration at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning, June 23. Visit his tent any time to learn more on the subject.

Steven T. Barr has been involved in the metaphysical field for over 35 years, an interest he developed but did not define until he left the Navy as a 10 year veteran. He has had several articles published, and has taught and facilitated meditation groups for almost three decades. As an ordained Metaphysical Minister, Steve has performed many weddings and hand fastings, a practice he has all but given up in recent years as he and his wife, Lynn, have turned their attention to their meditation groups and subsequently spreading the joy of crystals to the community. Retiring from his “full-time” job in 2016 has allowed him to devote more of his attention to his real jobs – Barr’s Gems & Treasures, and continuing to study the many and varied fields of metaphysics.

His presentation is Practical Uses of Your Crystals and Stones, at 4 pm on Friday, June 21. Now that you have collected all those crystals, stones and points, what do you do with them? You keep hearing they can protect and heal, but just how do you use YOUR stones to make that happen? This presentation will give you a few tips on how to use your stones in everyday life… For those purposes, and more!

jeffwilsonJeffrey Wilson, President, Volunteer and a founding Board Member of the Friends of Serpent Mound. With a Master of Science and a double major in English Literature and History from Eastern Michigan, Jeffrey’s lectures bring a scientific approach with a refreshing side of Native American mythology. He has been researching Serpent Mound for over 10 years. He has spent the last 5 years giving the sunset tours. In 2015 he discovered a new Winter Solstice Sunrise alignment. He has become the local Serpent Mound Researcher. Spend 3 hours, with breaks, learning about the facinating artifacts found at Serpent Mound and see images of them and learn where exactly they were found, along with some rediscovered facts. (Photo compliments of Don Reed)

Jeffrey will give two presentations:
Friday, June 21 at 5:00 PM - To be Announced
Saturday, June 22 at 3:00 PM -
Serpent Effigies of North America

Jeffrey will also lead 2 of the 3 Sunset Tours Around the Effigy Mound throughout the weekend.
Friday, June 21 and Sunday, June 23 at 7 PM meet next to the FOSM tent.



E. P. (Ed) Grondine, space reporter and author of "Man and Impact in the Americas" will present on Friday, June 22 at 5 PM. Grondine was a reporter on NASA, the Russia Space Program, Discovery, and the China Manned Space Program. While researching for his book, he visited many libraries and local museums. He now has a very large library of his own, now. He will have many items at his booth to share with the public and none were purchased, they were either trade items from the Native Americans that he talked with or they were gifted to him out of gratitude. In his presentation he will discuss the who and when the Serpent was built. How it changed hands and how it changed over time. (Photo compliments of Don Reed)

FletcherFletcher Wilson has worked with power companies and in the electrical field most of his life. He has a full understanding of thetheory of electromagnetism. He is a co-author with E. P. Grondine. He is a firm believer of doing field research. Looking at a picture or reading something in a book may give one good insight, but it is not the same as going there and experiencing it first hand. He will lead a night sky lecture each night at 10pm,

There will be a telescope or light bucket for the public to view through. You are welcome to bring your own, also! We are in a wonderful dark sky area!

(Photo compliments of Elaine 'Stormy' Gribbins)



Debbie Brubaker (Yellow Flicker) will play at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 22.
Yellow Flicker started playing her flutes a couple years ago. She has played at fundraisers and nursing home and group homes. Since then she has gotten "The Seven Sacred" Chakra Healing Flutes and plays healing music at SunWatch Flute Festival, WolfCreek Native American Gathering, Healing Fairs, and the VA Hospital. Starting this year she is also playing at Gift of Light and Victory of Lights.

Visit her website.

Chris Davis,



Lou-Anne Fauteck Makes Marks, Ph.D. Luan is a researcher, writer, and an activist for Native American Sacred Lands and Places. She holds an MFA in Fiber and Mixed Media, an MA in Consciousness Studies, and a PhD in Philosophy and Religion. She is mixed-blood, including European, California Indian, Shawnee, Virginia/Maryland Algonquian, Southeastern Sioux, and Mohawk.

Her presentation is Sacred America, Great Serpent Mound, and Theophanies of Place, scheduled for Saturday, June 22 at Noon. Indigenous Americans have identified hundreds of reasons why America is sacred. Luan will present some of the many facets of sacred America drawn from Native voices past and present, particularly as they apply to the Serpent Mound. She will also focus on specific details of what she calls geomorphic and topomorphic theophanies, which distinguish the Great Serpent Mound and others, including Old Man Napi, Black Hills, Chaco Canyon, and Turtle Island, and her recent rediscovery of San Francisco Bay Area’s own geomorphic theophany. 

Richard Moats is an Avocational Archaeologist specializing in Archaeoastronomy. He has published many articles on pre-historic Native American sites in Ohio. His most outstanding work is the discovery of a Hopewell Celestial Observatory named the Yost Works where multiple Solar, Lunar, Constellation, and Planet alignments occurred. Rich is also an authority on the Adena cultures Fort Glenford Hilltop Enclosure. He is retired from the USAF. He is currently the Project Archaeologist for Heartland Research Group which is a Magnetometry survey project to discover unknown Native American earthworks and habitation sites. Rich is the 2015 Archaeology Society of Ohio Converse Award for outstanding contributions to Ohio Archaeology.

His presentation is Recent Discoveries, is scheduled for Saturday, June 22 at 1 pm, and will cover his recent discoveries with the Yost Works, Fort Glenford Hill Top Enclosure, and those made by Heartland Research Group. He will show how the Hopewell venerated the Adena of their habitation region by building features in alignment with those whom they venerated as their ancestors. He will show how the Hopewell were masters of landscape usage to perform long range intervisibility and archaeoastronomical alignments. He will also, demonstrated how the Hopewell’s belief system is manifest by their construction and placement of features to provide alignments with celestial events and terrestrial features. Along with the discovery of prehistoric dwellings and a colonial habitation site.

rossRoss Hamilton - will present on Saturday, June 23 at 1 pm Ross Hamilton, author and long time researcher and supporter of Serpent Mound. Born in New York and a University of Cincinnati alumnus, Ross Hamilton is a writer and researcher currently specializing in piecing together ancient North American prehistory with a view toward understanding the hidden heritage of the American continent for its future spiritual advancement. Ross' book, The Mystery of the Serpent Mound, represents a 12-year research effort to correlate the main body of the teachings of the ancient Mystery Colleges to the shape and design of the famous earthwork. He also authored 'A Tradition of Giants' about the race of mound-building giants of North America, and Star Mounds: Legacy of a Native American Mystery. Ross has appeared on several television shows including Ancient Aliens, America Unearthed (with Scott Wolter) and In Search of Ancient Giants (with Jim and Bill Vieira.)

Zack Kouns is undoubtedly one of the busiest and most insightful individuals in the realm of contemporary music, Zack Kouns works in capacities such as bandleader, performer, author, visual artist, film maker, researcher, prankster, and composer.

Resulting from his strict recording schedule, Kouns has issued over 20 albums to date. 

Amazingly, the musical stylings between each body of Zack Kouns' work vary considerably, in no small part due to the wide assortment of tools with which he develops his songs. As a multi instrumentalist, he plays tenor and alto saxophone, harmonium, electronics, duduk, guitar, violin, clarinet, vocals, trumpet and banjo along with other devices to bring about what Kouns describes as Death Jazz, Modern Liturgical, and Apocalyptic/Hermetic musics. Likewise, the thematic and lyrical content of Kouns' forays into these self-developed genres also draws from many distinct sources, allowing him to create concept albums teeming with metaphor and allegory. Numerous esoteric subjects, chiefly religion, mythology, ancient history and romantic philosophy, manifest themselves across the spectrum of his creative output – Kouns addressed his interest in these topics during an interview with Australia's Rave Magazine:

"The human organism in general can't escape these ageless ideas; to ignore them is to wither and die away, to withdraw into forests of personal meaninglessness of our own construction. Conversely, to acknowledge and explore them is painful; it requires fumbling through dark and hidden recesses inside yourself; hidden, archetypal afflictions that have been buried to make life a bit more bearable, but ultimately less enriched and illuminated."

A life-long resident of rural Appalachia, the region in its juxtaposition of beauty, brutality, love and poverty also plays heavily into the aesthetic of Kouns' work. Perhaps as a way to evaluate his place of birth through comparison, Kouns has a definite mandate to carry out adventures abroad. Through his exploits, Zack Kouns has conducted lengthy tours in North and South America, as well as Europe and Australia, with ambitions to perform on all seven continents.

We are pleased to have him as a part of this festival. Hear his music Saturday evening at 6pm. This multi-talented individual will also lead the Open Mic/Jam Sessions later Saturday night, 9pm to 11pm. During the day you can visit him at his booth, attend his Fermenting Wild Edibles workshop on Sunday at 11 am, or Wild Edible Plants Hike on Saturday at 11 am.

Mike Bastine is an Algonquin healer, elder, and former student of famous Tuscarora medicine man Wallace "Mad Bear" Anderson and Tuscarora healer Ted Williams. He and Mason Winfield are the authors of Iroquois Supernatural. "...stories of encounters with beings of Iroquois legend: shapeshifting witches, strange forest creatures, ethereal lights, vampire zombies, talking animals, and haunted battlefields, along with accounts of miraculous healings by medicine people." He will present Sunday, June 24 at 11 AM.



Azurea Windwalker and Penny Best - Ascension lecture - At the begining of May Azurea was in a bad car wreck, one which she survived and is still healing from. We pray she will heal enough to attend next year's Summer Solstice.




stevefreeSteve Free an internationally known singer/songwriter/recording artist who draws upon his Native American & Appalachian roots through songs and stories to educate and entertain audiences of all ages. Free is an Award Winning Internationally Acclaimed singer/songwriter and recording artist. He has won numerous Music Industry Awards including 9 ASCAP Awards and a Grammy nomination. .In 2008, he won The Governors Award For The Arts as the #1 Artist in his home state of Ohio. In 2009 he was nominated by The Kentucky State Senate for his contributions to Appalachia and his Native American (Shawnee/Cherokee) roots. He has charted over 40 songs on the International Charts.

He will be presenting on Sunday, June 23 at 1 pm. He will play for the Arc of Appalachia's activities on Saturday, June 22 at 2 pm. Visit his website here. (Photo compliments of Steve Free)

Spirits of the Winds
Native singers Spirits of the Winds -
Little Red Dragonfly, Horse Women, Star Fire Hawk, and Spirit Wolf will sing songs to Creator in several different Native American Languages.

Anara Whitebear

Public Drumming and Dancinghulahoops
Friday, June 21 from 9 PM to 11 PM.
In honor of the Summer Solstice Evening there will be Family Friendly Open Free Style Drumming and Dancing this first night, and the public is welcome to join along. Open Drum is for any style of percussion instrument - djembe, bongo, frame drum, hand drum, cummunity drum, tamberee, or rattles. Drumming connects one to the heartbeat of Mother Earth in all types of beats. The goal is to become one sound, one rythem, with our Mother Earth. There is an area for those who want to dance, hula hoop, or use other light up expressions of movement. No nudity. We have brought back public camping for those who have followed the Event Rules in the past, go here to learn more.

Saturday, June 22 from 9 PM to 11 PM.
Saturday evening in the Main Tent will be an Open Mic - Jam Session. Individuals and groups are welcome to sign up for a 15 minutes spot and join in at the end with all the participants.


Please, join us!

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