The Druid Academy Nomination Award Committee (DANAC) consists of a member drawn from six different Druid organizations that share a historical connection to each other and are primarily located in North America. The DANAC members wish to learn more about happenings in their own group, and in other groups, and encourage the best works of modern Druids by acknowledging their annual accomplishments.
The six judges are not official representatives elected by their respective groups, but were actually hand-picked experts by Michael Scharding, because he thought they were extremely knowledgeable famous folk who knew well both their own organization and the activities of other modern Druid groups. Therefore, their votes are therefore only a personal preference, not representative of any endorsement by their organizations.
- Tony Taylor of Henge of Keltria (HoK)
- Rev. Kirk Thomas of Ar nDraiocht Fein (ADF)
- Michael Scharding of the Reformed Druids of North America (RDNA)
- Ellen Evert Hopman of Order of the White Oak (OWO)
- Ellis Arseneau of the Reformed Druids of Gaia (RDG)
- Thomas Harris of the Missionary Order of the Celtic Cross (MOCC) [previously known as Reformed Druidic Wicca, RDW]
In the first round, each judge can nominate up to two entries for each of the eleven categories of awards, choosing Druids who belong to any of these six organizations. Naturally, most judges tend to nominate entries from within their own group, which they know the best.
In the second round, each of the judges can vote for one entry from each of ten categories, but can not vote for their own nominee. If any nominee received two or more votes in the second round, then it will declared a winner. If a nominee receives only one other vote in the 2nd round, then it will be declared to be an “honorable mention”.
- Most interesting internal grove project. Non-exhaustive examples include: liturgical design, fund-raising, recruitment, education, development, site-planning, web-development, meeting style, festival/meeting idea, etc.
- Inspiring external project by a grove or member (s) of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, RDG. Non-exhaustive examples include: activism, ecology, public outreach, legal moves, publishing, charity, civic involvement, interaction with other religious organization, etc.
- Greatest hardship overcome by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, RDG. Publicly admissible, of course, no gossip please. Non-exhaustive examples incluede: persecution, financial obstacles, medical impairments, isolation, time constraints, educational restraints, etc.
- Best Poem or song released by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, OMS/RDG.
- Best work of Art completed or released by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, ORDG. Non exhaustive examples: painting, drawing, sculpture, digital art, clay, collage, photography, etc. Dance choreography will be considered if an internet video is provided. Collaborating artists will receive a single prize.
- Best craftwork completed or released in 2008 by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, OMS/RDG. Non exhaustive examples: leatherwork, metalwork, clothing, needlepoint, moulding, weaving, jewelry, basketry, woodwork, stonework, etc. Food, drink, cosmetics and brewing can't be tested easily enough in disparate parts of the U.S. Collaborative craftspeople will receive a single prize.
- Best academic book released by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, ORDG. At least 50 pages in length, can be on any subject somehow applicable to "Druidism", modern or ancient, such as history, religion, crafts, art, philosophy, spirituality, ethnicity, language, etc.
- Best novel released by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, ORDG. At least 50 pages in length.
- Best short story by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, RDG, usually under 50 pages with a Druidical bent.
- Best "Druidical" essay or article by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, RDG
- Best movie or video-clip or instructional video, that advances the positive perception of Druidism in some way produced by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, or OMS/RDG.
Winners of each the 10 DANAC awards will receive a $33.33 prize from the Druid Academy, a blessed pretty rock, and international fame and kudos.
Past Keltrian winners include:
- Grove of the Golden Horse
- Aauriane Veleda
- Karl Schlotterbeck
- Jenne Micale
- Searles O'Dubhain
Past “Honorable Mentions” included:
- Wren Taylor
- Topaz Owl
Please see http://www.rdna.info/danac.html for a complete list of recipients.
If you want to be entered or know someone who should be entered into the 2010 Golden Oak Awards of the DANAC committee, then send an e-mail to Tony at Tony_Taylor@keltria.org (note the underscore) identifying a work from one of the eleven categories that was first released or completed between December 21 2009 and December 21, 2010.