Well-known Buryat shaman Valentin Khagdayev, was brought up in a clan nomadic camp where the people still followed the patriarchal way of living typical of the 19th century. The people were scarcely acquainted with the novelties of the civilization. He was brought up by his grandparents then he went to the Soviet school. He served in the army after school. Valentin's father was a Communist, which was typical of people in the 20th century, but his grandfather was a shaman. Valentin was born with a finger split into two parts, and a shaman told him later that was a sign.
Sitting Bull 1831-1890
The native shaman learns to interact with the spirits of the underworld and the higher worlds in order to intercede in behalf of humans in the "middle world." Michael Harner, Ph.D., has authored The Jivaro, Hallucinogens and Shamanism and The Way of the Shaman. He is currently actively involved in training westerners throughout the world to become shamanic healers. A Thinking Allowed video, hosted by Jeffrey Mishlove.
Constance Grauds, RPh
Constance Grauds, RPh, is President of the Association of Natural Medicine Pharmacists; Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco; and Adjunct Professor for the University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing. Grauds is also author of the book Jungle Medicine...from medicine to magic. She is also founder and Director of the Center for Spirited Medicine, dedicated to the conservation of rainforest medicines and indigenous healing practices. Her passion and life's work is the integration of the healing aspects of plants as medicine into today's modern medicine, and the spiriting of healthcare. Grauds teaches Amazonian shamanism in the U.S. and in South America.
Don Sabino Gualinga
Don Sabino Gualinga is the spiritual leader and wisdom keeper of the Amazonian Kichwa of Ecuador. He is master Ayahuascero. The Sarayaku call themselves the People of the Zenith, stemming from an ancient prophecy of their ancestors claiming that they would be a pillar of territorial, cultural, and spiritual defiance – a beacon of light as strong as the sun the moment it reaches the highest point in the sky.
They are at the forefront of the resistance against oil exploitation in the Ecuadorian Amazon., and regularly denounced by the Ecuadorian President as violent terrorists standing in the way of the nation’s development.
Christina Pratt, Shamanic healer, teacher and author of An Encyclopedia of Shamanism is the founder of Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing. She is a teacher of exceptional clarity, humor, and inspiration. She is a frequent speaker for the American Holistic Medical Association and local salons. Pratt is the host of "Why Shamanism Now? A Practical Path to Authenticity", a live internet talk radio show. Her shamanic work is a synthesis of studies with Ecuadorian, Tibetan, Tamang, and African shamans, the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, the Center for Intuitive Energy Processing, and personal shamanic experience.