Rita Pitka Blumenstein

2017-05-01 13:20:50

Rita Pitka BlumensteinA Yup’ik tribal elder, Rita Pitka Blumenstein is one of the 13 grandmothers of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, a global alliance that teaches ancestral ways of prayer, education, and healing. Born on a fishing boat and raised in Tununak, Alaska, she is a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, wife, aunt, sister, and friend. Blumenstein has worked at many hospitals delivering babies as a doctor’s aide and is now a tribal doctor at the South Central Foundation, where she uses plants and energy medicine for healing. She also has traveled extensively, teaching native Alaskan basket weaving, song, dance, and the “talking circle,” to earn money for Native American Colleges.

Natem Anank

2017-04-01 16:31:38

Natem AnankNatem Anank was born in 1947 to the Shuar of the Sacred Waterfalls, deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon. He is an Uwishin (traditional healer) guided by Arutam and the wisdom of his ancestors. Natem’s mission in life is: to help people, to preserve the Shuar culture, and to protect the beautiful rainforest the Shuar have called home for thousands of years. Many years ago he traveled to the United Stateswith a group of musicians called “Grupo Chaarip” who performed at a variety of international events. Their hope was to generate interest in Shuar culture, philosophy and mythology while raising awareness about over-consumption and the consequential contamination of the rainforest.

Mongush Borakhovitch Kenin-Lopsan

2017-03-02 09:22:53

Mongush Borakhovitch Kenin-LopsanBorn 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

2017-01-29 09:07:43

Anank Nunink NunkaiAnank 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

2016-12-18 17:59:05

Chief Arvol Looking HorseArvol 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.