Don José Matsuwa
Don José Matsuwa was the renowned shaman from Mexico who passed away in 1990 at the age of 110. He was a farmer, healer, and master ceremonial leader, and a revered and respected elder throughout the Sierras.
He dedicated his whole life to completing the sacred path of the shaman and it is his life and vision that are the inspirations for the Dance of the Deer Foundation. Before he died he left Brant Secunda this message: “I leave you in my place. Tell your people to pray and follow the deer all the way to their hearts.”
Janet co-sponsors and participates offering a School of Living Traditions for Babaylans in Manilla; and provides on-going documentation and support in Palawan to help Palawan based Babaylan women priests and Balyan, male priests to restore and revive their ancestral practices.
She has begun work with the Tagbanwa, the Batak, and the Tau’t Bato Tribes through visits, immersion, rituals, and shared healing. Janet, a traditional healer herself, and a natural farmer, has also been asked by the Babaylans/Balyans to support the sharing of their good traditional farming practices and herbal knowledge of farming wild crops and for tending wild bees.
Joseph Medicine Crow
Joseph Medicine Crow-High Bird (October 27, 1913 – April 3, 2016), was an author and historian of the Crow Nation of Native Americans. His writings on Native American history and reservation culture are considered seminal works, but he is best known for his writings and lectures concerning the Battle of the Little Bighorn. During his lifetime he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Légion d'honneur. During World War II, he became the last war chief of the Crow Tribe, and was the last living Plains Indian war chief. He was a founding member of the Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth.
Ross Heaven is the founder, director and principal teacher for The Four Gates Foundation. He was described by Kindred Spirit magazine as “the straight-talking shaman” who is ready to challenge, question, and doesn’t mind killing a few sacred cows or exposing fake gurus and fraudulent practices in the process of revealing the truth. Ross Heaven is a shaman, psychologist, author, healer, workshop facilitator and presenter. From early childhood he has trained extensively in the shamanic, transpersonal and psycho-spiritual traditions.
Mr. Cowan is best known for the indigenous Huichol shamanic tradition of Mexico and an approach to deep healing with the spirits of plants. He has trained hundreds in the practice. His workshops and talks, as well as his book, Plant Spirit Medicine, are open doors to the wisdom of plants and the entire natural world. Mr. Cowan is now recognized as a tsaurirrikame, or elder Huichol shaman.Eliot serves his people as healer, counselor, public speaker, guide to apprentices, ritual leader, and worker in support of the Sacred Fire Community, the Huichol Community of San Andres Cohamiata, and the Blue Deer Center.