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Circle of Wisdom Keepers

Get to know the Circle of Wisdom Keepers from the Global Indigenous Initaitive gathering: Hidden Seeds of Natural Healing & Curing.

Nana Ohemaa

Nana Ohemaa Agyiriwa, II (Dr. Barbara C. Wallace)

Dr. Wallace is a tenured Full Professor of Health Education at Teachers College, Columbia University where she is the only African American female tenured Full Professor. In 2000, Dr. Wallace was enstooled (being placed in a position as an African Traditional Royal) as a Queen Mother, being given the formal title of the Abradehemaa of Larteh-Kubease, Akuapem, Ghana, Africa. In Ghana, enstoolment represents one of the highest honors in recognition of outstanding leadership and service. As the enstooled Abradehemaa or Queen Mother, she is known as Nana Ohemaa Agyiriwa, II. As such, she serves as Queen Mother of the Asona and Aberade Clan Families of the United States and Larteh-Kubease, Akuapem, Ghana, West Africa.

Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq

Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq

Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, Kalaalllit Shaman, healer, storyteller and carrier of the Qilaut (winddrum), is an Eskimo-Kalaallit Elder whose family belongs to the traditional healers from Kalaallit Nunaat, Greenland. His engagement for the Environment and Indigenous issues brought him to more than 60 countries in the world .He bridges the boundaries of cultures and faiths in people young and old. His work has taken him to five continents and over 50 countries around the world including South Africa, North America, South America, Asia, Arctic Europe, Russia, and Siberia. Angaangaq conducts healing circles, intensives, and Aalaartiviit – traditional sweat lodges. His teachings are deeply rooted in the wisdom of the oral healing traditions of his people. In 2004 his family summoned him to the sacred mountain for his initiation as their shaman.

Fany Avila

Fany Avila

Fany Avila is from the indigenous “Kuna” tribe of Panama. Panama has a diverse range of communities and cultures. Kuna is one of the indigenous cultures. Fany lives in an area where there are 385 islands and 49 indigenous communities. Each of these communities runs schools for indigenous children. This tribe lives in a politically autonomous reservation. Most Kuna (around 50,000) live in the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama. Their economy is based mostly on agriculture and fishing. The Kuna women perform highly skilled craftwork. There is a traditional cloth called “Mola” and it is used to create a colorful dress that has great significance for the Kunas. Fany is a founding member of the Mujeres Artesanas Kunas CC was created so that traditions are not lost.

Nana Korantemaa

Nana Akomfohene Korantemaa Ayeboafo Ayeboafo

Nana Akomfohene Korantemaa Ayeboafo Ayeboafo trained as an Okomfo (Shaman) at the Nene Akonedi Shrine of Larteh-Kubease, Ghana. In 2002, Nana received the highest recognition by being named the Akomfohene (King Shaman), as the living representative of her mentor, Nana Okomfohene Akua Oparebea. As the Akomfohene, Nana functions as the Head of all Akomfo in America while serving as the formal representative in America of the Nene Akonedi Shrine. Nana is also President of the Asona Aberade Shrine located in Philadelphia, PA where she trains Akomfo (Shaman), drummers, singers, Elders, Kings and Royals--teaching protocol and the Twi language of Ghana. Nana is also founder and Chief Creative Officer of StarSpirit International, Inc.

Leonard Bagarukayo

Leonard Bagarukayo

Leonard Bagarukayo, Assistant Director of PROMETRA UGANDA, is knowledgeable of the healing herbs in the forests of Uganda. His work with PROMETRA is to preserve and promote traditional healing practices. He is also active in efforts to protect the forests for generations to come.

Ta’Kaiya Blaney

Ta’Kaiya Blaney

Ta’Kaiya Blaney, 14 years old, is Sliammon First Nation from B.C., Canada. Along with singing, songwriting, and acting, she is concerned about the environment, especially the preservation of marine and coastal wildlife. She travels and speaks on protecting indigenous lands worldwide from unsustainable development. Ta’Kaiya is a member of the Protecting and Restoring the Sacred CC.

Alessandra Belloni

Alessandra Belloni

Alessandra Belloni is the Artistic Director, Founder and Lead Performer of "I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA", an Italian Music, Theatre and Dance Ensemble. She specializes in traditional Southern Italian folk dances and percussion combined with Southern Italian singing. Alessandra holds annual healing dance and percussion workshops in Tuscany, Italy and together with writer, philosopher, healer Angelo Tonelli. She has spent many years participating in authentic drumming festivals in remote areas of Southern Italy, held as rituals of purification in honor of the Black Madonna. An award winning tambourine virtuoso, singer, dancer and actress, Ms. Belloni was born in Rome, Italy and is committed to preserving the strong and rich traditions of her culture.

Tom Blue Wolf

Tom Blue Wolf

Grandfather Tom Blue Wolf is a deep ecology artist whose earth-walk continues to evoke a balanced relationship with nature. He is Founder and Director of EarthKeepers One Tribe Trading Company, an organization dedicated to manufacturing and distributing herbal healing products and providing educational processes to remember the profound importance of good relationship with the earth and each other. He is a charter member of the World Council of Elders, a lifetime member of the Indigenous Healers Association and travels the world conducting gatherings and inspiring hearts with the message of peace and harmony with “All Our Relations”. Tom is considered by the Elders Council to be one of the interpreters and spokespersons for Mother Earth and her children. In 1982 he started and continues with an Indigenous cultural awareness program for our incarcerated family in the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Prisons System and inspires many hearts with the message of deep listening and walking in balance. Tom was born on the Conecuh River in Southern Alabama in 1946, raised and taught in the traditional ways by his Creek Grandparents of the Little Bear Family. He now lives with his family on the Conasauga Watershed of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia. Tom is the founding member of the Southeastern Regional Indigenous Interfaith CC.

Bununda

Bununda (Water Fairy) (Coralie Wason)

Bununda (Water Fairy), Coralie Wason, is an acclaimed Australian Aboriginal artist from Djabugay, which means, Rain Forest People, of Kuranda, Australia. She supervises art programs and teaches her unique artistry to others. She is a partner with Glenis Grogen in the Djurri Dadagal Art Enterprises and Gallery. Her work has been exhibited in many venues including the Sydney International Airport; Cairns International Pacific Hotel; Brisbane TAFE EXHIBITION; Tjapukai Cultural Centre Canberra national Art Exhibition; and Yungaburra Arts Festival.

Potre Diampuan

Dr. Potre Diampuan

Dr. Potre Diampuan is the Regional Coordinator, URI Southeast Asia and the Pacific and resides in Metro Manila, Philippines. Potre has been serving as a consultant with the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos on Peace Programs and Other Special Concerns from 2010 until January of, 2012. She has also served as an educational consultant in academic institutions including the Office of the City Mayor of Marawi. Potre received a PhD major in Educational Management in 2006 from the Mindanao State University. She has rich experience in youth mentorship, community development and is an active peacebuilder in the Philippines.

Galina Ermolina

Galina Ermolina

Galina Ermolina has been a teacher of English language in the schools of Novosibirsk, Russia, where she lives. Along with teaching English she has always tried to widen her pupils' consciousness, sharing with them her knowledge and life experience. She will be assisting Zoya Slavina with English translation and is also committed to promoting Altai wisdom (Bilik) and sharing it with the world.

Don Frew

Don Frew

Don Frew, from California, USA, is a figure in American Wicca, the Covenant of the Goddess, national and international interfaith work, and scholarship. He is a National Interfaith Representative for the Covenant of the Goddess. He has been representing Wicca (“the Craft”) in interfaith work since 1985 and has served on the Executive Committee of the Berkeley Area Interfaith Council, on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio, in the Parliament Assembly of the Parliament of the World’s Religions and on the Global Council of the United Religions Initiative. He is the founder & Director of the Lost & Endangered Religions Project, focused on preserving and restoring the religious traditions of marginal communities. Don is one of the founding members of the Spirituality and the Earth CC and People of the Earth MCC.

Dr. Erick Gbodossou

Dr. Erick Gbodossou

Dr. Gbodossou is from Senegal, West Africa, and serves as President of PROMETRA International. PROMETRA is an International Organization with its general objective the pro-motion and preservation of Traditional Medicine and the creation of links among cultures throughout the world. It is as much an organism of cultural research, medical practice; scientific research structure works as an instrument of African integration and international relations through the rehabilitation of traditional medicine, ancient religions and universal spirituality.

Rev. Kalyan Kumar Kisku

Rev. Kalyan Kumar Kisku

Rev. Kalyan Kumar Kisku is from a tribal community that is very rooted to the eastern region of India. They have the highest percentage among the all tribes that live in the eastern part of India. For the longest time even to these days tribal are not recognized as independent religion, so in many occasions tribal spiritual leaders have become Christian, Hindu or other, but culturally and socio-politically they are a special community with areserved nation by the government. Rev. Kisku represents his tribal community to the nation. The tribes perform their own rituals and keep their own traditions. Rev. Kisku is a member of the Rural Development Society (RDS) CC in the district of Bankura, West Bengal.

Yacine Badian Kouyaté

Dr. Yacine Badian Kouyaté

Yacine Badian Kouyaté of Mali, West Africa, was born into the sacred lineage of the Bambara Jali, the genealogists and epic poets of the Malian society. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California at Davis, and a Master of Science in Genetics from Moscow State University in Russia. He has conducted and published scientific research in academia and the biotechnology industry in the areas of plant virus interaction, genetics and immunodiagnostics including a patented method and device for HIV analysis and research. A student of cultural history Dr. Kouyate stewards the wisdom and traditions of thousands of years of the Bambara and Dogon peoples. As a consultant for the Timbuktu Educational Foundation, Dr. Kouyate participated in the making of the documentary, “Timbuktu: The Untold Story”, produced in 2003. He is a singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, performer and producer. His teaching and speaking engagements – on the music and spiritual traditions of Africa, microbiology, the intersections of ancient wisdom and modern science, and other topics – have taken him to many colleges and universities.

Genevieve Kupang

Genevieve Kupang

Genevieve Kupang (Genie for short) is an indigenous Kankana-ey woman from the Western Mountain Province of the Philippines. She takes pride in being an Igorot-Cordilleran having been raised in the ways of her ancestors. Coming from an indigenous background with Christian upbringing, she has an increased appreciation in favor of her ancestors’ high ecological ethics, indigenous knowledge, systems and practices (IKSP) and delight in their profound wisdom of territorial and natural resource management systems. She is currently the Institutional Researcher of St. Paul College, Pasig. She is a graduate with distinction of Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Cosmic Anthropology at the Asian Social Institute.

Chief Phil Lane, Jr.

Hereditary Chief Phil Lane, Jr.

Chief Phil Lane, Jr. is an enrolled member of the Yankton Dakota and Chickasaw First Nations and is an internationally recognized leader in human and community development. He was born at the Haskell Indian School in Lawrence, Kansas in 1944, where his mother and father met and attended school. During the past 44 years, he has worked with Indigenous peoples around the world. He served 16 years as Associate Professor and Founding Chairman of the Four Worlds International Institute, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. He has won numerous awards. In August, 1992, Phil was the first Indigenous person to win the prestigious Windstar Award, presented annually by the late John Denver and the Windstar Foundation to a global citizen whose personal and professional life exemplifies commitment to a global perspective, operates with awareness of the spiritual dimension of human existence and demonstrates concrete actions of the benefit for humans and all living systems of the Earth. At this event, in recognition of his lineage and longtime service to Indigenous peoples and the human family, Indigenous Elders from across North America recognized Phil as a Hereditary Chief through a Sacred Headdress Ceremony. He is a member of the Protecting and Restoring the Sacred CC.

Philip Tiger Lane

Philip Tiger Lane

His English name is Philip Tiger Lane. His Dakota name is Mato Gi, Brown Bear. This was his Grandfather's name. He gave it to him before he died. His grandfather was given this name by his Grandfather. It is the name of my Great, Great, Great Grandfather who rode a Bay Horse, named Eagle Claws, and slew a White Buffalo, as prophesied. He is 13. His father is Chanupa Sapa, A Sacred Black Pipe Born of Thunder, Lighting and Rain. His father is an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe and the Chickasaw Nation. His Mother is Suthida that means, Beautiful Daughter. She is from Thailand. He comes from a long lineage of Spiritual Leaders, Chiefs and Warriors. He believes in the Great Spirit and our prophecies that our Indigenous Peoples and our 7th Generation have a great spiritual destiny to fulfill in illuming the Human Family. He is gifted in utilizing Digital technology. It a great tool for spreading the message of peace and unity between all members of the Human Family. He also likes to read and write stories. He has so much to learn and he is honored to have the gift of being with all the Elders from around Mother Earth! He will call you his Unchi's (Grandmothers) and Lala's (Grandfathers).

Diane Longboat

Diane Longboat (Kahontakwas)

Diane Longboat, Kahontakwas is Speaker of our Governing Council, a Mohawk, Turtle Clan woman from Six Nations Grand River Territory, Canada. The traditional name defines the spiritual gifts, the place of origin and the Nation affiliation. Diane is a ceremonial leader, traditional teacher of ancient Indigenous spiritual ways and a healer. She is also a professional educator, with a Master’s Degree in Education who has lectured at Universities in Canada and at many national and international universities. From 1976 to 1994, Diane was director of research programs and educational offices both provincially and nationally with First Nations organizations and universities. From 1994 to the present, her leadership responsibilities at the Sacred Fire of the Thunder (located at Six Nations) include conducting ceremonies, retreats, fasts, vision quests, purification lodges and spiritual training for Warriors of Peace. Kahontakwas believes in the Spiritual Laws of the Creator and the Natural Laws of Mother Earth, the Four Sacred Ceremonies, the Great Law of Peace brought by the Peacemaker thousands of years ago and the prophecies that guide our way forward.

J. Hadiah McLeod

J. Hadiah McLeod

J. Hadiah McLeod is an educator (teacher in special education and regular education) for 24 plus years. She will retire this year and plans to pursue her passion as a community organizer. Hadiah has served in previous gatherings as a recorder/witness for the purposes of documentation and clarification for future planning. She has a B.S. in Community Development from UC Davis; a Master's in Special Education from University of S.F.; a Master's in Educational Leadership, from Mills College; and an Administration Credential, from Mills College. She considers herself to be a peace maker.

Alejandrino

Alejandrino Quispe Mejia

A professor of elementary education and social anthropology, Mr. Quispe is a member of the Amaru Cooperation Circle in Ayacucho, and co-convener of the Global Indigenous Initiative (GII). He is one of the founding members of the Global Indigenous Initiative. Alejandrino serves as a Global Adviser for the Indigenous Latin America and the Caribbean, and is a Quechua from Ayacucho, Peru.

Luz Navarrette

Luz Navarrette (Xumakari)

Luz Navarrette (Xumakari) is a counselor at Santa Rosa Junior College. She was born in the Sierra Madre located in the Northern part of Mexico. Her ancestry is of Rarámuri and Basque lineage. She was raised in the United States and Mexico and has dedicated her life to educating under represented students in the United States. She holds a Master's Degree in Mexican American Studies and Counseling. One of her interests is helping women prepare for sacred births through breath and connection with the spirit of the baby. She practices and teaches meditation for relaxation and healing. he last fourteen years she has served as interpreter in sacred gatherings of Native Elders from North Central and South America as well as URI.

Sofia Painiqueo

Sofia Painiqueo

Sofia Painiqueo, Mapuche leader from Chile, understands and conveys the worldview of the indigenous people. She is a member of the National Organization Adhmapu. She was born in the town of Lumaco, but moved to Santiago in 1979 to be part of FOTM Mapu, where she taught language courses without discriminating between those outside or part of this culture. She serves as Director of Education and Culture of the "Professional Association of Small Artisans Mapuches " and the "Center for Indigenous Art Exhibition and Cenwe.” In 1985, she participated in the "World Congress of Indigenous Peoples" held in Panama, as a delegate and artist. In addition, she toured America, Canada and England invited by the "Institute of Political Studies in Third World Women" and in 2005 was a candidate for Congress in the region. She is a founding member of the Aflaiai CC and President of the Dance Set of Mapuche Aflaiai.

Mona Polacca

Mona Polacca

Grandmother Mona Polacca is a Native American (Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa) spiritual elder from Arizona. She has worked to further social justice for indigenous people from an early age. She is an author in the field of social sciences, has held posts of responsibility as Treasurer for her tribe, served on several committees for Indigenous Peoples within the United Nations, and is widely known for her "leadership in the Native American revitalisation movement." In recent years, Mona has gained international recognition for her work as one of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers - a group of spiritual elders, medicine women and wisdom keepers founded in 2004.

Mikuak Rai

Mikuak Rai

Mikuak Rai, founder and creative director of WorldBridge Media. Mikuak uses his expertise of, and enthusiasm for, 'new media' technology and creative arts (design, music, and film/video) to bridge worlds between and amongst communities, organizations, artisans, educators, students, and end-user recipients. A visionary at heart, he consults clients on using various forms of new media (including social media) to increase their visibility, viability, and efficiency, as well as to support tangential creative movements emerging out of the new era of creative technologies and evolving human design.

Erika Hernandez Ramirez

Erika Hernandez Ramirez

Erika Hernandez Ramirez is of Guamare, Otomi, and Matlatzinca ancestry and resides in Northern California. Erika is a premedical student at the Santa Rosa Junior College seeking to become a family doctor rooted in traditional medicine. She believes in the conservation, recognition, and respect of traditional healing methods and indigenous spirituality. She seeks to work towards the integration of conventional medicine and traditional healing practices, to improve the wellbeing (mental, spiritual and physical) of underprivileged communities. Her main ambition is to serve humanity in its healing process and believes that through ancestral traditions, solidarity, and love, the sacred relations and balance will be restored. She has been participating in the Aztec Dance Group Xantotl of Santa Rosa for four years. During the gathering, she will be assisting with English translation.

Zoya Slavina

Zoya Slavina

Zoya Slavina, from the Republic of Altai, Siberia, Russia, was born and brought up in an indigenous family of shepherds in the mountains of Altai (Region of Russia). Being very much interested in the world religions, she got philosphical education and has been working as a teacher and journalist in Altai. Zoya continues to be committed to promoting Altai wisdom (Bilik) and sharing it with the world.

Salam Tangol

Salam Tangol

Salam Tangol, a Maranao (one of the 13 ethnolinguistic groups of Muslims in the Philippines). She finished her college degree in Home Economics. She had the opportunity to know both her paternal and maternal grandparents, she was raised in Islam and in indigenous practices that pertain to healing and curing. She has conducted research in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur in Southern Philippines or Mindanao. She made 25 case studies of traditional medicinemen who were living in the city and in the municipalities around Lake Lanao that constitute the province. She continues to be amazed by many natural healing and curing practices and she shares those that she knows whenever one seems to be in need of the natural indigenous knowledge. She finished her college degree in Home Economics.

Glenis Grogan

Wanegan (Glenis Grogan)

Wanegan, Glenis Grogan, is a health and human rights activists. She is also an Aboriginal artist/curator. She is of the Western KuKu Yalangi, Tagalaka, Djabugay and Djurri Tribal Peoples. Wanegan lives in Kuranda, Far North Queensland, Australia. Named after her grandmother, a Kuku Yalanji woman who was removed from her Tribal lands of Maytown. Wanegan not only visited her traditional lands and kin of both parents, she has also travelled and worked across Australia. Wanegan works with local Indigenous artists and established the emerging Djurri Dadagal Art Enterprises, providing the opportunity for local Indigenous people to reclaim their cultural products.

Rachael Watcher

Rachael Watcher

Rachael Watcher, California, USA, has been a practicing Witch all of her adult life and a Wiccan for more than 30 years, the last 20 as an elder. She is an active member and frequent trustee of her own national organization, Covenant of the Goddess. Her primary work is in communications, focused on audio/visual and journal production. She has edited several pagan journals over the years and is currently transferring them and other historical documents onto digital media, making them available for future research. A long-time interfaith activist, Rachael is active in United Religions Initiative through the Think Peace International Cooperation Circle and other URI CCs. She is the Regional Coordinator for the United Religions Initiative’s MultiRegion. She is also a trustee of the North American Interfaith Network. Rachael is a member of the Spirit of the Earth CC and the People of the Earth MCC.

Karen Hunter Watson

Karen Hunter Watson

Karen Hunter Watson is a heart filled artist who creates music, jewelry, stories and inspirational books from her journey with elders and from her walks for peace for over thirteen years, including a walk around the world, the Trail of Dreams World Peace Walk, to be a demonstration of peace in action. She has been a recorder/witness in the gatherings of elders and youth from around the world for the Beyond the Global Divide Gathering, the Quantum Leap Transformation Center, and with the Institute for Divine Wisdom for more than 10 years.

Audri

Audri Scott Williams (Nana Aquia Sebu)

Audri Scott Williams (Nana Aquia Sebu) is of West African, Cherokee and Seminole ancestry and resides in Cottonwood, Alabama. Audri has a Master’s Degree in Indigenous Mind from NAROPA University/Worldwide Indigenous Science Network. She is the co-convener and Interim Coordinator for the URI Global Indigenous Initiative and a Global Trustee (on leave to serve the GII) of the URI. She is a member of several CCs including the Trail of Dreams World Peace Walk CC & NOWTIME Radio CC. She is a peace walker, author and documentarian. Her passion is creating opportunities for people of diverse cultures and faiths to embrace the gifts of diversity.

Cynthia White

Cynthia (Cindy) White (Kawennanoron)

Cindy was born into the Mohawk community of Akwesasne. Her lineage is Onondaga Snipe Clan. The Mohawk name given to her at birth is Kawennanoron. The translation is "Precious Words." She currently lives at the Six Nations Grand River Territory in Southern Ontario, Canada, where she is a Spiritual and Ceremonial Leader and has been involved in spiritual training since 1994. She attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh where she studied nursing and received a Bachelor of Science degree. According to Kawennanoron, Spiritual Training requires that one is engaged in one's own healing. It is this journey of healing that has led her to understand that prayer is a humble cry from the heart. She believes that a soul can be purified from pain and torment, thus producing change in a human being. She serves as the treasurer of the Governing Board of Soul of the Mother.

Dr. Sekagya Yahaya

Dr. Sekagya Yahaya

Dr. Sekagya Yahaya, Director of PROMETRA Uganda, is a dental surgeon and traditional doctor from Uganda, from the Nakaseke University in Uganda. Sekagya says that traditional healing has always faced opposition because it was not understood and its effects were seen as magic and witchcraft. Collaboration between traditional healers and medical doctors could help to change this perception This collaboration could also assist in combating HIV/AIDS in Africa. He says this kind of efforts enabled Uganda to emerge from being the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic (30%) in the late 1980's to only having a 5% infection rate today. Dr. Sekagya is a founding member of the PROMETRA Uganda CC.


 

Special thank you to our gathering volunteers: Gregory Harder, Tracy Faulkner, Greg Stafford, Chris Fregosi, as well as the URI Global Support Staff, Regional Coordinators & Grassroots Cooperation Circles who have supported this gathering: The Right Rev. Bill Swing, Founder and President, Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr., Sally Mahe, Isabelle Ortega, Pamela Banks, Kay Markham, Liam Chinn, Ofelia Trevino, Despina Namwembe, Biswadeb Chakraborty, Abraham Karickam, Karimah Stauch, Enoe Texier, Ardey Turner (Circle of Healers CC), Rebecca Tobias, (Restoring and Protecting the Sacred CC), and Karen Hernandez

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