Wovoka - Jack Wilson
Known as the messiah to his followers, Wovoka was the Paiute mystic whose religious pronouncements spread the Ghost Dance among many tribes across the American West. Wovoka was born in Western Nevada, in what is now Esmeralda County, in about 1856. Little is known about his early life, but at about age fourteen his father died, leaving Wovoka to be raised by the family of David Wilson, a nearby white rancher. Wovoka soon took the name Jack Wilson, by which he was broadly known among both neighboring whites and Indians, and worked on Wilson's ranch well into adulthood. He learned to speak English and apparently had a fair amount of contact with Christianity.
Ai-Churek Shiizhekovna Oyun
Ai-Churek(Moon Heart)was the head of organization of Tuvan shamans “Tos Deer” (Nine Heavens). She was born on August 15 1963. Her Shamanic roots can be traced in both her paternal and maternal lineages. She participated in the 1st International Symposium for Study of Shamanism. In 1998, a film with Ai-Churek’s participation was published in Tuva - “Kuzungu algyzhy” (The voice of Shaman’s mirror). In the same year she traveled to Italy to participate in an international congress, where she took the 1st place. And a film “Moon heart” filmed by Italian documentary film makers made about her. From 2000 to 2007, Ai-Churek traveled throughout Europe and throughout all the states of US, taking part in shamanic symposia and conducting seminars on the themes of “The shaman’s country”, “Healing Mother Earth”, “Shaman and Eerens”, “Shamanic massage”, “Shaman and spirits”, and “Khuvaanak”.
Taowhywee, Agnes Baker Pilgrim
Grandma Aggie is one of The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. She is a descendant of tribal leaders, both political and spiritual, works hard to keep tradition alive and to renew it, as with the Sacred Salmon Ceremony that she has brought back to her homeland in the Rogue River Valley of southwest Oregon after 140 years. Honored as a “Living Treasure” by her tribe, and as a “Living Cultural Legend” by the Oregon Council of the Arts.
Bhola Nath Banstola
Bhola Banstola is a renowned Nepali shaman, teacher, healer and researcher. Bhola is a 30th generation within his family to be chosen by the spirits to be a healer. His grandfather, who was the shaman of the village, initiated him. Educated in Nepal and India, Bhola holds a Masters Degree in Cultural Anthropology from Delhi University. He is also a graduate in Naturopathy from the Indian board of Alternative Medicines in Calcutta.
Hale Kealohalani Makua
He was generally known and recognized as a kahuna elder and as a high chief all over the oceanic world. Makua was the keeper of an extraordinary and possibly unequaled body of knowledge. He was also a warrior, a mystic, a sage, and an accomplished shaman. He was a seventh generation descendent of King Kamehameha through his mother’s lineage, and his third wife Kahaku Ha’a Koi Wahine Pi’o, and a seventh generation descendent of High Chief Keoua Kuahu’ula, the son of High Chief Kalaniopu’u through his father’s side.