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This Glossary is reprinted from "People of the Rainbow; A Nomadic Utopia," by Michael I. Niman, published by the University of Tennessee Press (ISBN 0-87049-989-0). Contents are copyright 1997, University of Tennessee Press, and appear here by permission. For more information about "People of the Rainbow," visit Mike Niman's web site or contact him via email - Mike@mediastudy.com

"A" Camp
Alcohol Camp. A place where chronic alcohol drinkers congregate and drink, usually on the perimeter of a Gathering.
Alcohol Hat
"A" Camp money collection. Used to buy alcoholic beverages.
All Ways Free
Rainbow Family Newspaper.
Ally-O Council
Meeting with Forest Service officials.
See Om.
The world outside of the Gathering. `Mainstream' or `mainline' society; the `straight' world (From the Book of Revelations, via Rastafari).
Banking Council
A Council convened to decide how to spend Magic Hat money.
Barter Lane
A place at a Gathering where people congregate to trade crafts, camping supplies, books, etc. Same as "Trade Circle" in function, but linear instead of circular in topography.
Boston Rainbow Family Picnic.
A person at a Rainbow Gathering who does not contribute much work; overly spiritual and out of touch with the physical realities and demands of the environment. (Derogatory).
Blissing Out
Sitting around or wandering around, enjoying the Gathering, in a carefree state.
Bus Village
A large camp of live-in vehicles. Usually located a good distance from the central Gathering area, as Bus Village must be accessible to vehicle.
Business Council
A Council convened to deal with Gathering logistics, Family policy and other organizational concerns.
(Formerly M.A.S.H.) Center(s) for Alternative Living Medicine. The Rainbow Healing unit. Formally M.A.S.H. Transformed into C.A.L.M. as it grew from a first aid station to a comprehensive medical unit.
To agree by consensus.
A univalve shell, usually Cassia sp., with a hole cut in the tip. Blowing through the hole makes a mellow sound to call people together for Councils, meals, workshops, meetings, etc. The practice is part of the Family's self-conscious primitivism.
Cooperations Council
A Council convened at a Gathering to foster communication between the diverse sub-Councils involved in coordinating the Gathering.
Council (v)
To meet as a group with the aim of reaching consensus on a given topic.
Council (n)
Any group of Rainbows meeting to make a decision. Usually refers to the Council which meets between July 1 - 7 at N.A. Gatherings.
Short for Road Dog.
Dogging It
Living the life of a Road Dog.
Downtown Rainbow
The congested central area of a Rainbow Gathering.
Dived (a)
Pertaining to an item retrieved from a garbage dumpster.
A person who demands a lot from the Gathering and does not return anything.
Unhealthy habit forming substances ranging from sugar to crack.
Dumpster (v)
The act of retrieving food or other goods from a garbage dumpster.
Dumpster Dipping
Neologism by U.S. National Park Service Ranger Chris Malanka [3/15/90]. An activity like Dumpster Diving, except involving the retrieval of contaminated food. Malanka does not explain why anyone would want contaminated food.
Dumpster Diving
Same as Dumpster (v).
Dumpster Score
An item or group of items retrieved from a dumpster.
Politically correct alternative to the word "elder," which people often interpret as meaning leader or authority figure.
Someone who has been to many Gatherings and is supposedly knowledgeable about the Family. Rainbow ideology states that elders, while wise, are not leaders, as the Family admits to no leadership.
To take responsibility for making sure a given task is accomplished.
A person who has taken responsibility to make sure that a given task is accomplished.
A homosexual male Rainbow.
See Faerie
The Feather
A feather or other focal object, passed around a council circle to identify the person who is speaking.
To organize a project
A volunteer responsible to serve as a conduit for Rainbow Family information to both Family members away from the Gatherings and to the public; also responsible for overseeing the organization and publicity for local area Rainbow Family events.
Focus (v)
Pay attention to, or respect, the speaker or council procedures.
Free Box
An box where Rainbows leave unwanted or surplus possessions so that those who need them can pick them up gratis.
Front Gate.
The main entrance to the Gathering.
Fuck You
"A" Camp greeting used like "Hello."
Full Ride
Staying at the Gathering from the start of Seed Camp through the end of Clean-Up.
Same as `Front Gate.'
Gate Crew
The people who work at the Front Gate, welcoming people and delivering the `Rap 107' spiel.
A person who stands on the perimeter of the Council circle, advising late arrivals as to what has been discussed and what is currently being discussed, what consensus decisions have already been made, etc.
Green Energy
Ground Score
An item that is found on the ground.
The Guide
A printed directory of Rainbow Family members. Also known as The Rainbow Guide.
A Rainbow who lives on the road, constantly traveling.
Habit Hat
A money collection for purchasing coffee, tobacco, sugar etc. to satisfy addictions.
Happy Trails
A common goodbye to people leaving the Gathering. From the signature sign-off song of the Roy Rogers/Dale Evans television "Western" of the 1950's.
To enter into peaceful harmony with people or the environment.
Harassment and hassles of Rainbows by government agencies and the police.
Personal feelings, emotions, observations and visions as articulated at Gatherings.
Heartsong Council
A meeting to share heartsongs as a group therapy, and often as an introduction to Business Councils.
Heil Holys
A derogatory description of self-righteous Rainbows.
Type of light refracting quartz crystal generally found near Herkimer, NY; populartrade item.
Hey Now
Greeting, used like "Howdy."
Collectively told oral history of the Rainbow Family. The Rainbow Hipstory is recited each year at the North American Gathering. Anyone is free to join in the telling of the Hipstory.
One who participates in the telling of the Hipstory.
High Holy Hippie
A derogatory description of Rainbows who feel they are part of a power group, entrenched hierarchy or `old guard' of the counter-cultural movement.
High Holy Rainbow
Same as `High Holy Hippie' but is specific to Rainbow Family.
Descriptive referring to 1960's countercultural lifestyle, derogatory when used by non-Rainbows, often to anachronize Rainbows. Also used among Rainbows as familiar greeting or self-descriptive.
Used in Council to express agreement with the speaker. Also name of a southeastern United States Rainbow Family publication.
Someone who lives on the road (see On the Road), has lived on the road for a while, likes living on the road and intends to keep living on the road.
An authentic unpretentious down to earth person. Someone who lives a honed down lifestyle.
At the Gathering.
Howdy Folks!
The written announcement of a Rainbow Family Gathering or event.
Hug Patrol
A group of people who wander around Gatherings hugging people.
Info Center
An area where information is exchanged. Consists of an information booth and at least one bulletin board. Information ranges from news of the outside world, time and place for workshops, maps of the Gathering site to suggestions for dealing with insects.
Kiddie City
A camp for parents, children and expectant parents. Provides childcare, special activities and special meals for children.
Kiddie Village
See Kiddie City.
Kids' Village
See Kiddie City.
Southeastern United States mountain bio-region.
Free or nice.
Kind Bud
Free marijuana.
Magic Hat
Money collection for the common coffers. Usually used to fund Main Supply.
Magic Bedpan
Money collection for the CALM medical facility.
Main Circle
Usually a central area where the Council meets and where the July 4th (for North American Gatherings, dates differ for regionals) meditation and prayer celebration occurs. A dinner, prepared by many different kitchens and carried over in five or six gallon buckets, is also usually served here.
Maine Regional Rainbow Gathering.
Main Trail
The central, most heavily traveled trail at a Gathering.
Main Supply
Distribution center for kitchen supplies.
Sometimes used interchangeably with C.A.L.M. to refer to the medical unit.
Specialty at Taco Mike's kitchen. Formally a living animal - not necessarily a cow, pig or chicken - now food.
The spectacle transpiring in front of you at any giving time. Often refers to ridiculous antics. Most popular movies: `The Gate Movie,' `The "A" Camp Movie' and `The Cop Movie.' (From Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. [Wolfe 1968]).
Rainbow Coffee. Often made `Field Style' with grounds in the bottom of the pot. A splash of cold water before serving helps sink any floating grounds. Grounds often get reincarnated for future pots.
National Gathering
Refers to the annual North American Gathering.
North East (North America) Rainbow Family; formerly, New England Rainbow Family.
Rhymes with "sewage." Derogatory description of a New Ager.
1) The sacred syllable A+U+M, pronounced "ome" as in "home" or "holy" in the Rig Veda (e.g., the hymn to Siva [Chan, Ismail Ragi and Raju 1969: 25, 29n79; see also ibid., 35]). 2) One of the most important mantras in Tantric (Tibetan) Buddhism [e.g., Evans-Wentz 1960; 1967: 127, 301, 312, 320n2, 340], in which "when the disciple's mind id properly attuned, the inner vibrations of this word symbol together with its associations in the consciousness of the initiate ... open his mind to higher dimensions" [Kapleau 1966: 346]. 3) This Tantric sense, perhaps via the translations of Evans-Wendt's work which occurred in the 1960's, seems to inform Rainbow usage, in which it becomes a somewhat desacralized pacifying syllable that people chant, typically, before meals, after Councils, during meditations and prayers, in order to "harmonize" vibrations." The exact route from Tibet to Rainbow is obscure, however, since North Americans tend to lump all "Eastern religions" together in practice [e.g., D. 1966: 261].
Om Circle
A circle of people chanting `Om,' usually to harmonize an up-tight situation, sometimes used for coercive purposes.
Chanting `Om.'
On the Land
At the site of the Gathering.
On the Road
Pertaining to a lifestyle whose adherents are on an extended trip or have no permanent home.
Refers to anti-marijuana laws.
Any social-political activity with a goal; e.g., with the word `Council,' to describe the mechanism by which the Council reaches decisions.
Rail Tramp
See Tramp.
Rainbow Dark
Sundown or thereabouts. Vision Council rules require proceedings to cease at Rainbow Dark.
Rainbow Noon
Roughly, when the sun is high in the sky, usually between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. depending on season, location and mood of those who need to know when it's Rainbow Noon.
Rainbow Time
A system of keeping time without watches. Rainbow Time is whenever enough people think it is whatever time it is supposed to be. Rainbow Time usually runs about an hour behind clock time, but may be as much as an hour early.
Rainbow Trail
An extended trip, taking in numerous Gatherings.
Rainbow Runs
Diarrhea contracted at Gatherings, usually attributed to change in diet or water as well as soapy dishes.
A cross between a blissninny and a High Holy Rainbow, usually loud and obnoxious. Often used by "political" Rainbows to describe "spiritual" ones.
Rap 107
A written or oral introduction to the infrastructure of the Rainbow Gathering.
Rap 107 Below Zero
A written or oral introduction to the infrastructure of a Winter Rainbow Gathering. Developed by the Great Lakes regional Rainbow Family
Rap 115
A written or oral request asking people to treat bothersome drunks at Gatherings with love, not anger. Often described as the "flip side" to Rap 151 (see below).
Rap 151
A written or oral diatribe explaining why alcohol is discouraged at Gatherings; promotes benefits of an alcohol-free space.
Rap 420
Legal information primer explaining individual rights when faced with police harassment.
Rap 701
A written or oral guide to the etiquette of cleaning up after a Rainbow Gathering.
Rap 911
A written or oral reminder to travelers coming to or leaving U.S. Gatherings about their rights in regards to searches of vehicles by the police. Also advises travelers to caravan as protection against police harassment and to document all instances of police harassment.
Road/The Road
See On the Road.
Road Burn
A state of mind one slips into after being "on the road" too long, e.g., exhausted and wanting to settle down for a spell.
Road Dog
Someone who calls the Road home. c.f. Hobo, `Dog.
Road Kill
A dead animal found on the road; dead animals in general. See Meat.
Rumor Control
The act of containing run-away rumors within the Rainbow Family; `Info Center.'
Someone who delivers messages, supplies or food between two points at a Gathering.
A plan, sometimes dishonest, for getting something for less than its value.
Time when most people are leaving the Gathering and dispersing.
To obtain something by purchase, trade or chance.
Shanti Sena
Peacekeeper. Also group that considers themselves "leaders."
Shanti Sena Council
A Council convened at a Gathering to discuss peacekeeping and to collectively train people in non-violent crisis intervention.
Sherpa Patrol
Group or individual who helps people carry supplies to camps and kitchens.
A Rainbow Latrine.
Shitter Patrol
Group or individual who builds and/or maintains latrines.
A vehicle used to move Rainbows back and forth from the parking area to the trailhead into the Gathering.
Sisters' Space
An area reserved exclusively for women.
Sisters' Meadow
A meadow reserved exclusively for women.
Sisters' Circle
A place where women council together.
Six Up
Slang for gun or armed police officer.
See Snifting.
Looking to meet someone, primarily for sex. Most snifters are men looking for women.
Supply Council
A Council convened at a Gathering to coordinate collective supply purchases and to distribute supply donations to camps and kitchens.
Grateful Dead band tour.
Trade Circle
Same as "Barter Lane," only a circle.
Trader's Row
Same as "Barter Lane."
Hobo or Road Dog, who hops trains.
Frustrated, neurotic.
Vibe (v)
To emit a non-verbal or feeling signal to someone else (from yoga; e.g., [Evans-Wendt 1967]).
Vibe (n)
A non-verbal signal or feeling. Also can be used to describe a mood.
A person who has been chosen by the Council to monitor the Council mood. If the mood is becoming argumentative or in any other way non-conducive to a healthy Council, the vibeswatcher momentarily interrupts council for a breather, an Om, a stretch, jumping jacks or the like.
A picture of how things should, could or will be.
Vision Council
The Council which chooses the general area (state, country, or region) for the following year's Gathering. Also discusses direction and goals of Rainbow Family.
A tasty morsel of food, easy to eat but not a meal; also not too sweet (From prison slang)
Weekend Rainbow
Someone who only participates in Rainbow activities when on vacation from a job and `mainstream' lifestyle. See Yuppie.
Weekend Hippie
Someone who only participates in countercultural activities when on vacation from a job and `mainstream' lifestyle. See Yuppie.
We Love You
Greeting, usually shouted in unison by a group of people. An unseen group elsewhere in the Gathering usually answers with another chorus of "we love you," which might be answered by yet another group.
Welcome Fire
A fire kept burning at the `front Gate' to welcome late-night arrivals, heat coffee for new arrivals, etc.
Welcome Home!
Standard Rainbow greeting for someone who is entering the Gathering from `Babylon.'
Welcome Soup
A pot of soup which is always warm at the Front Gate for new arrivals (Quebec Rainbow tradition).
Someone with a job.
Like a wahwah, but very sweet. Usually candy or donuts. (From prison slang)

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OK. Here it is. I'm updating it now. Any words folks want me to add?
I think a new list should be made. The above list was good till about 1985. For example: WahWah's became WamWam's both in Rainbow and prisons about 1985. Some of the above terms arent used anymore and of course we've added a few since then: Strainbow, Spunion, Phat, SCHWAG, Bliss Pit, Cuddle Puddle's....Just to name a few

Tradin' Bill
Jesus Tribes/Jesus Camp/ Jesus Kitchen

Geriatric Gypsy= An aging gatherer inna folding chair!

Bicycle Camping and Touring
With a host of furious fancies
Whereof I am the commander,
With a burning spear and a horse of air
To the wilderness I wander.

By a knight of ghosts and shadows
I summoned am to tourney
Ten leagues beyond the wide world's end,
Methinks it is no journey.

--- from "Tom O'Bedlam" (Anonymous)

Why Go Touring By Bicycle?
Long-distance bicycle touring is by nature a Quixotic activity. In these days of light-speed communications, multimedia entertainment, fast, powerful, and prestigious automobiles, luxurious homes, exotic restaurants, and instant gratification, why would someone choose to pedal at slow speeds up high hills carrying a heavy load to boil rice in a small pot in the dark, insect-filled woods alone at night? Are bicycle tourers and bikepackers driven by a masochistic self-hatred that causes them to perform painful and anachronistic pilgrimages?

Actually, long-distance, loaded, bicycle camping is one of the most pleasurable activities I have ever experienced. I generally sleep poorly at night; but in the woods on a tour, I sleep like a baby, lulled to sleep by the music of insects. In the morning, I am awakened by the cheeping of birds. I eat a snack before getting up, and then I quickly pack my sleeping bag, air mattress, tent, and other gear and get on the road. I'm slower in the morning, having less speed but also a greater desire to stop at pleasant spots, dawdle, and enjoy. Traveling by bike allows me to stop anywhere, such as meadows, lakes (especially places to swim), woods, and scenic spots, not just at the tourist traps and overlooks. My large panniers may look very heavy to the passing motorist, but I barely notice their weight; actually, the bike feels better loaded than empty; it's a lot more stable. Somewhere near lunch, I find a small grocery and buy some bread, sandwich materials, and fruit. I find a town park or other shady spot to wait out the high mid-day sun and maybe nap. In the afternoon, my speeds are higher, and I spend less time at stops (but I still usually stop fairly often, sometimes a quick dash into a grocery for bananas, sometimes a stop to pick wild berries). My body, tanned, lean from cycling, hardened by climbing, feels fantastic. I relish the climbs. In the late afternoon, I start riding slower, and I start having thoughts about stopping. I finally find a place in the early evening, cook a simple meal, and rest and cool off. As it starts to get dark, I pitch my tent, crawl in, and fall asleep.

There are exciting times and difficult times as well. Visiting strange or famous places and accomplishing goals are always exciting to me. I meet and talk with interesting people along the way, sometimes other traveling cyclists. Beautiful views, strong tail winds from nearby storms, encountering wild animals (usually at my camping site), and traveling up and down hills also stir me up. On the other hand, I may run into a rainy or hot spell, have to repair my bike or tire, encounter a hostile motorist, or just find myself in a bad mood. The problems are infrequent and are easily dealt with; the pleasures remain in my mind for years.

Thanks for that description!  You speak for me.  I love both backpacking and bike touring, though have done limited touring... it was great!  We'd make strange touring buds, tho.  I'm spiritual, but way burned out on Christianity in general... I keep respect for most all faiths.  I'm buddhist, taoist, atheist, humanist, and deadhead (which I consider as good a faith to follow as any).   There's not too much I actually disbelieve, at least imo; but try to need to believe as little as possible.  I do believe the stories are very important.  I don't care if they are true; the intent of them is generally true and important.  Joseph Campbell is my teacher, also.  Re: touring in company, maybe we'd be fine.  I just adore Brother Ray.


love and light

 bingo...won't stay on a bicycle!

thank you !
Hello, could somebody please tell me where the location is for the rainbow that is going on right now in Canary Islands? Some say it is in Gran Canaria, others say it is in La Gomera and some even say it is in La Palma. 
I need to know it soon...


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