Don Mariano Quispe
Don Mariano Quispe, a beloved elder of the Q'eros people of Peru, has served his community as a pampamesayoq (a healer-ceremonialist who works with despachos and other natural elements of the earth) since he was young. He was recognized by his community four years ago as a Kurak Akulleq, a title reserved for only the most highly esteemed of healer-ceremonialists, in recognition of his clear spiritual vision and healing gifts.
A maestro of the ceremonies of haywarikuy (more often known as despachos), don Mariano is also well known for skillful diagnosis as part of traditional healing practices; he primarily uses coca divinations and expert reading of the body's multiple pulse points to determine what is out of balance in the patient's body and life.
Oh Shinnah Fast Wolf
“A Warrior Woman.” She is native Apache and Mohawk lineage, a poet, songwriter, singer, activist and ceremonial leader. A two-time winner of the Chicago Critics Poetry Award, winner of the Helen Caldecott Humanitarian Award for Women and many other prestigious honors, a delegate to the U.N. Conferences on Human Environment, Spirituality, and the Decolonization of Indigenous People, and the World Conference of Spiritual Leaders.
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.