Mongush Borakhovitch Kenin-Lopsan
Born in Chash-Tal, Tuva, is a writer, poet, historian, archaeologist and famous shamanism researcher living in Kyzyl, the capital of Tuva, Russian Federation. His grandparents/parents were nomads, cattle breeders, herders, blacksmiths as well as storytellers and shamans. He studied philology at Leningrad University and received a Master's degree in 'Eastern Sciences'. Back in Tuva he served as a teacher and as an editor for a publishing company in Tuva. For his research on shamanism he was persecuted during Sovjet times; his grandmother shamaness Kuular Khandyshap died after being imprisoned in a Gulag for 15 years.
Anank Nunink Nunkai
Anank Nunink Nunkai is a traditional healer, an Uwishin, of the Shuar Tribe. Born deep in the place of his ancestors—the Ecuadorian Amazon—he was chosen by his people to come live in the United States about 15 or so years ago. Like a number of indigenous peoples around the world, they were alarmed at the strong appetite and doctrine that Western culture preaches. Having first-hand experience resulting from these ways, their rainforest
home disappearing around them, they sent Anank to us in an attempt to remind us of a kinder, gentler way of living—one of respect for each other and the Goddess Nunkui (Mother Earth).
Chief Arvol Looking Horse
Arvol Looking Horse was born on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. At the age of 12, he was given the responsibility of becoming the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, the youngest ever. He is widely recognized as a chief and the spiritual leader of all three branches of the Sioux tribe.
He is the author of White Buffalo Teachings and a guest columnist for Indian Country Today. A tireless advocate of maintaining traditional spiritual practices, Chief Looking Horse is the founder of Big Foot Riders which memorializes the massacre of Big Foot's band at Wounded Knee.
Cheif Looking Horse's prayers have opened numerous sessions of the United Nations and his many awards include the Juliet Hollister Award from the Temple of Understanding, a Non-Governmental Organization with Consultation Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. He lives on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.
Grandmother Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance
She is one of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers representing native peoples all over the world, leading petitions and prayers for peace, human rights and the rights of our planet and its citizens.
Grandmother Beatrice, an Oglala Lakota, came to the Zen Peacemakers’ retreat at the Black Hills last August along with her daughter, Loretta. She was already somewhat frail, but I was deeply moved to see her. How strong these Lakota women have had to be! They raise not just children but also nephews, nieces and grandchildren, and are often the most consistent breadwinners for their families. Grandmother Beatrice was no different, and in her younger years had to combat alcoholism like many other Lakota. But she became a leader and an inspiration to others, advocating finally not just on behalf of her native land and people but also for the entire globe.
Don Oscar Santillan
Yachak Don Oscar Santillan - KuriCharik (gold or sun in the heart) is a 7th generation sound healer, community leader, and teacher of traditional Andean wisdom from the Otavalo Kichwa Nation in Ecuador. He s the Co-founder of Centro de Sabiduría Ancestral Pakarinka Sisari, Agato, Pichincha, Ecuador. An active member of indigenous organizations, he educates people about culture as well as sustainable development through Fair Trade practices and micro-financing. A Kichwa speaker with a strong connection to the natural world, he has made many radio appearances to spread ancient Andean wisdom and culture. Along with his family, he has created the Pakarinka Sisari, or Center for Ancestral Wisdom, displaying sacred musical instruments, pre-Colombian bowls, and symbolic clay hands for guidance and protection. With the majestic mountain, Imbabura as the backdrop, the center is a place to learn about ancient Andean ways and connect with Mother Nature.