PLAN AN EVENT TO CELEBRATE
LLAMAS ON JUNE 21!
Made possible by
The Greater Appalachian Llama and Alpaca Association’s
Llama Promotion Committee
Jane Hamilton-Merritt, Chair
The Llama Promotion Committee is developing national education/promotion campaigns to educate the General Public about the virtues of llamas as highly intelligent, cooperative, utilitarian athletes that, if suited for it, make great pack animals with dependable work ethics and gentle dispositions, with highly marketable fiber, with the ability to function as therapy/companion animals and to be guard animals for sheep and goat herds. There is a distinct need for general campaigns to educate our fellow Americans to the potentials of llamas.
“Humming Along With Llamas”
A conversation with previous President of GALA and
current Llama Promotion Committee Chair, Dr. Jane Hamilton-Merritt
Why is National Llama Appreciation day June 21?
Over the centuries the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere has been celebrated as a time of re-uniting with and appreciating the natural world. The summer solstice and the appreciation of llamas is a natural and historical fit.
Our summer solstice is the winter solstice in the Andes, ancestral home of our llamas. The Andean June solstice celebration continues today with traditional recognition of the power of the natural world, including attention to llamas.
What better symbol to acknowledge our summer solstice than to honor and appreciate llamas, one of the world’s oldest surviving animals. And to recognize the gentle nature of these animals who are often referred to as “old souls” as they seem to understand so much about human nature.
Click on the Invitation below for a PDF copy to hand out.