Don Little Cloud - Seminole / Muscogee / Creek
“You see most of the mistakes human beings make, is that the system of information which really guides their life does not connect them to the cycle of nature. The limited answers found by people who perhaps did not think it through garble the way people live. So we're trying to find a way to make the community a productive one where people can live, be happy, and be peaceful as much as possible.”
(Passed into Spirit June 2012)
Tlakaelel - Toltec Wisdom Keeper - Mexico
"12,000 years ago the whole world was interconnected. We had a single culture, we had the same history, the same socio-political organizations. There was no rich and no poor; no kings, no emperors, no presidents. We need not to look for who's guilty; not to attack anyone because the leaders are also looking for a solution. We have to work together shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart. We can do it in a positive, peaceful way.
What's coming are deep changes - the end of one economic world and the birth or a new world. A world where there's hope and an opportunity to participate where we can create a better world for our children and for our children's children. I send this message to hundreds of you, please as he asked, to feel joy, to sing and dance.”
He is (in his words) transforming, integrating with the All, with the universe, with the cosmos. (Passed into Spirit July 2012)
Camila Martinez - Mazatec Curandera
"So you know, I think you have to stay hungry; you have to be hungry for that knowledge. You have to have insight to know that it’s a really important thing; and you have to have insight to know that no matter what is going on around you, you have to give it all up in order to get it. That is how it is with an apprentice."
Contact her through the Maya Seed Ark Project - Sustaining our food through saving heirloom seeds
Kikosa Zanelanga - Bashi Community of Memory in East Africa
"You see in every family, there must be 1 to 4 people who are chosen by the ancestors of that family to be able to have access to the land of mysteries. And these people are chosen who’ll have to undergo a specific training which will enable them to tap into the land or moving from the level of the mystery.
For us, there is no way a community can exist without Ancestors. Yes, a group of people can come together for a specific purpose, but that does not establish a community in our understanding."
Dr. Tom Pinkson - Huichol Elder
“But in the Western culture we've had so much crap laid on us that's alienated us, like you said, from our own bodies, our feelings, our dreams, our intuitions, our psychic abilities, the truth that we're all related. Not just two-legged creatures, but all of creation. So it's true, and it's true that what we do to any part of creation we do to ourselves. That's what we've forgotten in our alienation.”
Contact him through Wakan - the preservation, translation, and application of indigenous wisdom promoting life in sustainable balance with Mother Earth and the Circle of Life.
Dr. Rob Collins - Comanche / Gullah / Choctaw
"I was reading about the rites of passage of the Choctaws and rites of passage among Africans, and it is very much the same when you know the stories. To know creation stories, to know life stories, funny stories; talking and knowing where you come from is very pervasive in these traditions."
Contact him through San Francisco State Univ. - Assistant Professor - American Indian History and Cultural Changes, Ethno-linguistics, Black Indians
Bonita Sizemore - Choctaw/Porch Creek Elder
"It's time to re-establish the old traditions that speak to the new generations that can help infomr the new ways that the culture will develop so we can survive. I'm one of those who hears the ancestors; hears the cosmos, keeping quiet to hear that still, small voice, and see the visions and connect with others from that place of bringing in the messages we need to hear." Co-Founder, Black Native American Association (Passed into Spirit April, 2017)
Sweet Medicine Nation - Choctaw Elder
"The rite of passage is to see the soul, not to introduce religion, but for the child to recognize that they are a soul. The soul has a story that will undfold based upon the tree of life they were born to and what their commitments were. So explaining to a child that they got to see their mom and dad and choose them before they came in is part of the preparation."
contact her though the Four Winds Foundation