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Celebrate 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.

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