Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa
“I wish to appeal to the world. First, I am not a quack or a charlatan or a sensationalist. I am an old man who has seen much. I wish the world to know that there is a faint ray of hope that emanates from South Africa.”
Born in South Africa is a Zulu Sangoma (Traditional healer) and High Sanusi,artist, poet and sculptor. He is well known and respected for his work in nature conservation, and as an author of ground breaking books on African mythology and spiritual beliefs.
Banjo (Henry) Clarke
Banjo (Henry) Clarke (1922-2000) was born on Framlingham Aboriginal mission, located near Warrnambool in South-Western Victoria. Over 27-years, Banjo Clarke told the story of Aboriginal traditions which he learned from his elders, that include caring for the land, taking only what you need, sharing with others and sensing a deep connection to each other and one's elders. His advice was even sought by the former Prime Minister of Australia. Shane Howard a well known Australian musician said, "Banjo was in the business of saving lives on a daily basis."
Flordemayo is a Mayan elder born in a small village on the Nicaragua/Honduras border. Her father was a local shaman and her mother was a midwife and a healer. As her children grew, Flordemayo began to work as a healer/curandera. Flordemayo is a sundancer who considers her Mayan heritage a keystone of her work. She studies under Don Alejandro Oxlaj, a head of the Mayan Council of Elders, who convened the first Gathering of Indigenous Priests and Elders of America in 1994. Since 1999 she has been part of the Wisdom of the Grandmother’s Foundation. Flordemayo is also a founding director of the Institute for Natural and Traditional Knowledge.
Malidoma Patrice Somé
Born in Dano, Burkina Faso, among the Dagara. His name means: "Become friends with the stranger/enemy". He devotes his life to become a mediator between the two worlds. Writing and teaching Western audiences around the world about his experience of being torn away from his people by westerners at the age of 4, and sharing the ancient wisdom and practices which have supported his people for thousands of years.
Nov. 19 1937 - Feb. 11 2010
With sadness we honor the passing of Nelson Turtle a respected Native American church leader, an elder roadman of Southern Cheyenne and Navajo, Big Water Clan. Son of William Ralph Turtle and great, great grandson of Dog Woman who was the first woman to run meetings among the Cheyenne people. Her companion, Old Man John Turtle spoke more than 30 different Native languages and was an interpreter for the U.S. Calvary. Dog Woman and Old Man Turtle were given a peyote bundle from Quanah Parker a Comanche healer and war chief which still remains in the family.