The Kogi base their lifestyles on their belief in "Aluna" or "The Great Mother," their creator figure, whom they believe is the force behind nature. The Kogi understand the Earth to be a living being, and see humanity as its "children." They say that our actions of exploitation, devastation, and plundering for resources is weakening "The Great Mother" and leading to our destruction.
Maria naylin iskińhi naakai ts'ilsoose Yracébűrű was trained as a diiyin and a traditional ceremonialist. She is founder of Yraceburu EarthWisdom and Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary Earth Wisdom Learning Center. She is a master of many ancient earth teachings, including Tlish diyan yánádaalitihí, násdziih, okaah yedabik'ehi, bik'eh da'óltagí, and bik'ehgo'ihi'dan binkááyú yatí'í. As a chosen Tlish diyin lineage holder, she shares ancient wisdom and rites for contemporary times. In 2010, she was granted the Presidential Humanitarian Award for her Community Service efforts.
For nearly 25 years, Peter Gorman has worked with ayahuasca, the visionary vine and Master Plant Teacher of the Amazon. Since 1984 Peter Gorman has made a point of spending at least 3 months annually in the jungle around Iquitos, Peru, and until recently, at least part of that time with his late teacher, the elderly curandero Julio Jerena.
He has also collected botanical specimens for Shaman Pharmaceuticals and herpetological specimens for the FIDIA Research Institute of the University of Rome. He was the first person to ever work with the medicinal knowledge of the remote Matses Indians of the Peruvian-Brazilian border, and his description of their use of the secretions of the phyllomedusa bicolor frog has opened an entire field devoted to the use of amphibian peptides as potential medicines in Western medicine.
The granddaughter of Don Elijio Panti from San Antonio, a Yucatec Maya village in the Cayo District of Belize. She use traditional Mayan healing techniques passed down from countless generations before her. Her healing system encompassed the use of plants, herbal baths, acupuncture, prayer, massage and the use of the sacred Sastun. Don Elijio passed away on at the age of 103. Throughout his lifetime he was distinguished with several national and international awards such as the “Distinguished Contribution to Science” by The New York Botanical Garden, and “Member of the British Empire” by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Belize for his contributions in herbal medicine. Rosario hopes to keep her heritage alive through her service to others.
Wan Dee Aroonratana
The 91 years old retired Thai Menora performer and shaman has been practising storytelling through his craft since he was 14 years old, a skill not easily acquired and practised. He was given the recognition he deserved when Penang Heritage Trust awarded him the Penang Living Heritage Treasures Award in 2007. Noo Wan is still living in the Siamese village in Pulau Tikus, where he has lived all his life and where his father had lived as well.