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The Zone of Silence (Zona Del Silencio) is a desert near the area of Ceballos in Northern Mexico, 400 miles south of El Paso, Texas. It is an epicenter for some of the strangest phenomenon ever experienced on earth. A high level of electromagnetic frequency is also present.The Zone of Silence (Zona Del Silencio) is a desert near the area of Ceballos in... more
Cherokee singer | songwriter, Michael Bucher, 2009 Native American Music Award Winner and 2008 Native E Music Award Winner...films his music video, DONT FORGET ABOUT ME at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Hot Springs, South Dakota.
DONT FORGET ABOUT ME was produced and filmed in association by 2007, 2008 & 2009 Native American Music Awards Nominees and Producers, Karla LaRive of PK Productions, LLC (South Dakota) and Director, Christopher Crosby of musicseenPROductions.
This is the third indigenous music video from PK Productions, LLC. The music video was shot on location at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuarys petrogylph site, along with other regional locations including Wounded Knee Memorial, Pine Ridge Reservation in July 2008 and Annual Chief Bigfoot Ride to Wounded Knee, December 2008.
The music video features Grammy Award and 12 time Nammy Winner, Joanne Shenandoah on vocals and, Re-enactor performances by Paula Tonemah and Krista K. Knapp.
The music video deals with the protection of Native burial grounds, Native grave sites and sacred sites. I try to tell people you wouldnt want your grandmothers grave dug up nor do American Indian people. And, yet, it happens every day in Indian Country says Michael Bucher.
www.studiowestmanagement.comCherokee singer | songwriter, Michael Bucher, 2009 Native American Music Award Winner... more
Celtic Christianity Today Homily “The Goodness of Creation” on April 26, 2009 at Union Community Church, Valparaiso, IN by Rev. Dr. George Cairns of Chesterton, IN.
Rev. Dr. George Cairns delivers Celtic Christianity Today homilies:
The homilies on Celtic Christianity take a look at several topics including the European roots of the Celts (primarily Scotland and Ireland) and how Earth-based cultures can impact the future of civilization including actively protecting the environment, respecting fellow humans, different cultures and nature.
Cairns is working closely with Rev. Gregory Jones on several social fronts.
Rev. Jones is the pastor of the Union Community Church and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theology at Valparaiso University.
Founded in 2007, The non-profit Turtle Island Project is known for its ongoing work with Native American issues - and the other wing involves other Earth-based religions like the Celts. Dr. Cairns is the co-founder of the nonprofit Turtle Island Project.
Rev. Cairns continues to work closely with the foremost Celtic group in the world, the Iona Community in Scotland that is a dispersed Christian ecumenical community working for peace and social justice, rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship.
Cairns is a research professor of Practical Theology and Spirituality at Chicago Theological Seminary, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and lives in Chesterton, Indiana.
Cairns recently completed a six-part "contemplative reading and discussion" of Philip Newell's book "Christ of the Celts" at the Union Community Church. Cairns and his wife, Nancy, recently hosted a conference on Celtic Spirituality, Ecology, and Participative Consciousness.
Dr. Cairns says:
Celtic Christianity is a strand of the Christian tradition which developed during the
middle of the first millennium. Its full flowering in Ireland and Scotland continued for several hundred years before it was incorporated into the dominant church as many of its traditions were lost or suppressed.
There are two major reasons for this recovery and reconstruction of Celtic Christian practical theology for the church today: Church Renewal & Engaging and transforming the genocide and ecocide taking place today.
We are concerned that our current individual and systemic western consciousness is disembodied and ill. We believe that this process started several thousand years ago in the late Paleolithic. We are not trying to turn back the clock to the Stone Age. But we do know that a change in consciousness must begin if our planet and we are to survive.
What we have lost is participative consciousness, which understands that our lives are profoundly related to the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of all of creation. Another way of putting this is that we are completely relational beings. Reconnection with all of creation as sacred and responsive
and alive is our great task in the early 21st century.
We have living guides to help us such as Celtic Spirituality, Native American Spirituality and post-modern science. I believe we need to integrate the profound gifts of these resources and open ourselves to deepen our relationships with all of creation.”
Celtic Christianity Today
Rev. George Cairns on Spirit Cafe blog, United Church of Christ
Iona Community, Scotland
Iona Community New World Foundation: Iona associates, friends in U.S.
Turtle Island Project
Union Community Church, Valparaiso, IN
Rev. Gregory Jones, Theology Department at Valparaiso University
http://www.valpo.edu/theology/faculty/gregoryjones.phpCeltic Christianity Today Homily “The Goodness of Creation” on April 26,... more
I just came across a History Channel tv show called Ancient Monster Hunters, which describes how the Greeks and Romans venerated in their temples the fossils of both dinosaurs and wolly mammoths, for example. These bones, over time, proved the existence of their mythological gods who had lived during the so-called Golden Era. The entertainment industry of the day chose to popularize and immortalize their own paleontologists' discoveries by creating a fitting, and much more descriptive, story. Collectively, these discoveries and stories describe a lucrative pantheon of many titanic and heroic struggles.
These eloquent epics and plays competed commercially in fact to attract consumers to the temples themselves, helping to amass and manage a devoted and lucrative base of worshippers. Their success is an equation of the brand loyalty their marketers cultivated and reinforced locally. There was a business in both discovering new fossils and in promoting them. These temples were recurring sources of revenue for an elite group of people, and they protected their knowledge by divulging rituals only to their leaders and enveloping their daily activities in secrecy, to ensure consistency and relevancy generation after generation.
This is a great story unto itself, and is typical of the type of programming Civilized Productions will tell, and thus successfully bring to life this defining slice of history.I just came across a History Channel tv show called Ancient Monster Hunters, which... more
What nerve!! This is one of several controversial last-minute calls by the Bush administration which don’t bode well for the president’s environmental legacy.What nerve!! This is one of several controversial last-minute calls by the Bush... more
Some of Michigan's elected officials - like Governor Jennifer Granholm - are selling out the beautiful streams and lush forests of the Upper Peninsula in exchange for some quick cash.
Many people who once loved our governor - now think Granholm doesn't deserve to be a democrat - because she's acting like a Republican.
Granholm and others - like famous actor/director Jeff Daniels - proclaim their love for the Upper Peninsula but are remaining strangely silent in the fight to stop Kennecott Minerals and other mining companies from building sulfide mines nicknamed "acid" mines.
Granholm, Daniels and others with power should be leading the fight to stop the Eagle Project.
In fact - the governor's top Upper Peninsula aide - her point man on the mine issue - recently quit his job to take a lucrative position with Kennecott''s parent company. That speaks volumes as the gov remains tight-lipped.
The National Wildlife Federation has produced a documentary about the gallant fight to protect the Upper Peninsula.
The public is invited to a free showing of the film om Dec. 5, 2008 in Marquette at Northern Michigan University.Some of Michigan's elected officials - like Governor Jennifer Granholm - are... more
Meditation: A Song and A Prayer for Our Forests - The Sacred Places Series
A slide presentation, with music by Patrick Leonard - A Journey Through The Sierras
Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park, California
Snapshots from a two day wander through Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park, California ~ A condensed magical journey through the forest, mountains and waterways.
John Muir described the mighty Sequoia as “nature’s masterpiece”, “the greatest of living things”, a “king tree”, and “the very god of the woods”. There is indeed something otherworldly about sequoia groves along with their companion pines finding their own space and light beneath the shadow of the giant trees!
It is difficult to determine the exact age of the Sequoia, the majestic Grant and Sherman Trees are estimated to be around 3,000 to 3,500 years old. The Grant Tree has the largest known diameter, 28.9 feet at breast height, and about 267 feet tall. The Sherman Tree measured approximately 275 feet tall, 25.1 feet in diameter, a ground perimeter of 102.6 feet, is considered to be the largest living Sequoia, about 10 percent larger volume wise than the Washington Tree, followed by the Grant Tree. Many of the giants are 1,500 to 2,000 years old. The Sequoia’s natural habitat is only in a relatively small area of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a collective total of around 36,000 to 38,000 acres.
Patrick Leonard’s exquisite piano improvisations.
Snapshots... documenting a moment for the sheer joy and sake of it - one camera, one lens for the most part and taking each moment for what it is, no matter the time of day, light, the situation perfect or imperfect. Remembering magical moments as I appreciate the world I live in, and appreciate our wise ancestors who have left us these legacies of ancient, sacred, mysterious and beautiful places. May future generations also experience the benefit and beauty of our unique, magnificent, and much needed forests.
to me “sacred place” can be any space that elevates one’s being or awareness to a level beyond that of everyday life. Sacred places can be rendered from forests and waterways, desert rock formations, intentional architectural forms such as the legacies of ancient Egypt constructed by masters of harmony and form, or something more personal that holds significance to the individual.Meditation: A Song and A Prayer for Our Forests - The Sacred Places Series
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“One of India’s most isolated tribes, the Dongria Kondh, is preparing to stop British FTSE 100 company Vedanta from mining aluminium ore on their sacred mountain, after police and hired thugs forced protesters to dismantle a barricade over the weekend,” reports Survival International.
“About 150 people had blocked the road in Orissa state on Wednesday [October 8] after hearing that Vedanta intended to start survey work for a planned aluminium mine which would destroy an ecologically vital hill, and the Dongria Kondh’s most sacred site. Vedanta employees visited the blockade repeatedly, threatening the protestors. On Friday the villagers gave in and took down the barricade, but about 100 are still at the side of the road, blocking traffic when Vedanta vehicles approach,” Survival continues.
“Today, Dongria Kondh from all over Niyamgiri, the hill range that would be decimated by Vedanta’s mine, are making arrows and preparing their axes to stop Vedanta reaching their sacred mountain. One Dongria man said today ‘Now our people are very angry. We have to show the Dongria Kondh power to Vedanta.’
“When India’s Supreme Court gave Vedanta the green light in August to mine on Dongria land, around 40 Dongrias used tree trunks to block a road leading into their hills, and held banners reading, ‘We are Dongria Kondh. Vedanta can not take our mountain.’ [photos available]
“The mountain that Vedanta wants to mine is not only the Dongria Kondh’s most sacred site, it is also integral to the entire ecosystem of the hills, enabling the numerous streams and lush forests which sustain the Dongrias to continue to thrive.
“Survival’s director, Stephen Corry, said today ‘The Dongria Kondh are protecting their land from invaders, who are only interested in plundering the mountain for their own gain. The Dongrias will get nothing from the mine, except destitution and ruin, and Survival will continue to support their resistance to Vedanta.’”
Please take moment to sign this letter, imploring the Prime Minister of India to safeguard the Dongria Kondh’s rights. For more information please contact Miriam Ross at Survival International (+44) (0)20 7687 8734 or (+44) (0)7504 543 367 or email firstname.lastname@example.org“One of India’s most isolated tribes, the Dongria Kondh, is preparing to... more
A collection of unusual aerial photographs of the Sphinx on the Giza Plateau in Egypt, music by Patrick Leonard/Shenkar - "pudusu" from their CD "udistam". The Sphinx is classic in its structure and form. Its body is a beautifully proportioned carving out of one piece of limestone bedrock on the edge of the Giza Plateau, although curiously, the head of the sphinx is small. The Sphinx of Giza is about 240' long and 66' high. John Anthony West and Dr. Robert Schoch, a geologist/geophysicist, from Boston University, presented the idea that the weathering on the body of the Sphinx and walls of the Sphinx enclosure had been created by precipitation - over a long enough period of time to create the deep fissures and smooth rounded shapes you can see, particularly on the west and south walls of the Sphinx enclosure. Detective Frank Domingo, a senior forensic officer with the NYPD applied his expertise of identification techniques to compare the facial structure between the Sphinx, and the Pharoah Chephren from a statue in the Cairo Museum. The attribution of Chephren being the builder of the Sphinx is partly because of this discovery and dedication given by proxy, reports suggesting they look similar. Take a good look. Check out John Anthony West's YouTube Channels: JAWSPHINX99 and MYSTERYOFTHESPHINX. For contact re: "pudusu" from UDISTAM, email@example.com, and Shenkar - www.myspace.com/shenkarworldA collection of unusual aerial photographs of the Sphinx on the Giza Plateau in Egypt,... more
(Marquette, Michigan) - Many of the rich around the world view Indigenous Peoples, women and children as “expendable commodities,” said Turtle Island Project Director Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard during Northern Michigan University 2008 Indigenous Earth Day Summit.
Hubbard added he fears for the future of mankind and the planet because “we have lost any sense of the sacred.”
The summit was held on Earth Day 2008 on the NMU campus in Marquette, Michigan near the shores of Lake Superior.
The two-day summit - the first of its kind at NMU - was April 22-23.
Read more by clicking on link.(Marquette, Michigan) - Many of the rich around the world view Indigenous Peoples,... more
(Marquette, Michigan) - The Great Lakes 2008 Earth Day Challenge is in its biggest week with help from interfaith groups and American Indians in reaching the goal of one million pounds of electronics and one million pills.
The EPA issued the challenge to Great Lakes basin residents participating in over 100 projects that are collecting pharmaceuticals, electronics and household poisons. The EPA awarded grants to some of the projects.
Interfaith groups are involved in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania. An EPA grant helped start the non-profit Earth Healing Initiative (EHI).
Trust between religions and interfaith environment projects are vital to protect the future of the earth, said a Lutheran bishop, who has participated in numerous Earth Day recycling projects.
"We are in an environmental crisis in many ways," said Lutheran Bishop Thomas A. Skrenes of the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. "The Great Lakes watershed is really a kind of a mother to all of us here in the upper Midwest."
The EHI involves American Indian tribes and "a coalition and partnership of churches, synagogues and other faith traditions joining together and sharing their projects and resources to heal, protect and defend the environment," said founder Rev. Jon Magnuson of Marquette, Michigan.
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin (MITW) is holding a curbside pickup of electronics for members during Earth Week, April 21-24. Over 1,000 pounds of electronics have been turned in at the MITW transfer station since April 1. The College of Menominee Nation hosts pharmaceutical/electronics collections on April 22.
On Friday, April 25, students at the tribal K-8 school are picking up litter and cleaning up the a reservation community. Students recently created "Garbage Monsters" out of bottles other items found in their trash, said Diana Wolf, MITW Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator. Students gave presentations on other uses for the garbage.
"This interfaith earth healing effort is really a great gift that has been given to all of us," Skrenes said. “The church is called to bring people together to be part of the healing."
Examples of established interfaith organizations that are assisting the EHI include the University of Minnesota Lutheran Campus Ministry, the Duluth Arrowhead Interfaith Council, Marquette University Ministry in Milwaukee, several Catholic interfaith groups and the ELCA office of Ecumenical Formation.
The interfaith EHI is one of numerous environment and Native American projects founded by the non-profit Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette, Michigan including the Earth Keepers who removed more than 370 tons of e-waste, pharmaceuticals and household hazardous waste during three Earth Day clean sweeps.
The northern Michigan Earth Keepers belong to ten faith traditions with 150 churches and temples including Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Methodist Church, Unitarian Universalist, Bahá'í, Jewish, Zen Buddhist and the Quakers. The EHI is working with the same faith traditions.
EPA Press Release:
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Interfaith graphics by Justice St. Rain (Bah'i Community)
Interfaith Resources - Special Ideas website:
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Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin:
College of Menominee Nation
http://www.menominee.edu(Marquette, Michigan) - The Great Lakes 2008 Earth Day Challenge is in its biggest... more
A brief overview through a simple slide show of Mexico's ancient archaeological and sacred sites and rituals: Teotihuacan (City of the Gods) and the sun rise ceremony of the Sun during the Vernal Equinox, carvings of the legendary Quetzalcoatl who promises return very soon, Chichen Itza, the sacred tomb of Chac Mool, magnificent Uxmal, Oxkintok, Sayil, Dzibilchaltun, Kabah, Labna.Then, a significant cultural shift - remote churches also in ruins (and still used by the local people) in Yucatan, and onto Izamel Convento built on top of an ancient pyramid and a blending of cultures - pre columbian elements of worship can still be found, the Pope and the Goddess, moving to Day of the Dead and Night of the Dead Festival (Dia de Muertos, Noches de Muertos) and the Festival of Guadalupe celebrated in the weeks before Christmas.A brief overview through a simple slide show of Mexico's ancient archaeological... more
Call for Proposals: NMU 2008 Indigenous Earth Day Summit
Northern Michigan University is seeking presentation proposals for the 2008 Indigenous Earth Day Summit to be held at NMU April 22-23.
This summit is made possible by the Center for Native American Studies, the Environmental Science Program and the Office of International Programs.
This summit will function as a call to action on Indigenous environmental issues in the Great Lakes area, on Turtle Island and around the world.
An Aboriginal Australian delegation from the Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways project will be featured as keynote presenters and will provide musical entertainment.
Presentations should ultimately include ideas on how to address Indigenous environmental concerns. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following.
- Traditional Ecological Knowledge (T.E.K.)
- Education and Indigenous environmental concerns
- History of industrialism, industrial threats, Indigenous peoples and the Earth
- Economic globalization and Indigenous peoples
- Indigenous languages and the Earth
- Solutions in Indigenous cultures to environmental problems
- Indigenous subsistence rights and protection of sacred land
- Global poisoning and the impact on Indigenous peoples
- Climate change and its impact on Indigenous peoples
A variety of presentations are encouraged (music, art, films as well as papers and panels).
Activists, Native elders and Native community members are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.
Proposals should be 150-300 words in length. Deadline for submissions has been extended to Monday, March 17, 2008.
(attachments should only be in Microsoft Word or as a PDF)
Subject line: Indigenous Earth Day Summit Proposal
Center for Native American Studies
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, MI 49855
For more information call 906-227-1397
Call for Proposals: NMU 2008 Indigenous Earth Day Summit
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A meditation piece on the legendary Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. Rosslyn Chapel is famous for it's myths and legends of Knights Templar, Arthur, The Holy Grail, buried treasure, and the intricate medieval carvings of whimsical creatures, biblical characters and scenes covering almost every space on the walls and ceilings. Piano improvisations by Patrick Leonard and photographs by Caroline Davies. www.carolinedavies.comA meditation piece on the legendary Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. Rosslyn Chapel is... more
Patrick Leonard and Shenkar's evocative and moving improvisations for their new C.D. "Udistam" with photographer Caroline Davies' images of "sacred places" in the U.K.
A piece to sooth the soul and calm the spirit.
Part One - Stones, Part Two - Swans, Part Three - Angels, Take a breath between each part.
"And so Galahad decided that it would be a disgrace to set off on a quest with the other knights. Alone he would enter the dark forest where there was no path. This is the myth of the Hero's Journey." Joseph CampbellPatrick Leonard and Shenkar's evocative and moving improvisations for their new... more
A short introduction to the Sacred Places and mythology of this region of the Andes Mountains. The ancient petroglyph - the universal spiral, the jungle waterfall - where veils between worlds are often thin, crossing over through gushing fountains of life seeing easily the paradox of Pan and the Cathedrals - the three doorways of consciousness, discovery, returning to the ancient spirit of the Puma - guardian to Machu Picchu - a place that feels like heaven on earth and is home to the Condor - the carrier of souls to the "other world".
Original music composed and performed by Shenkar (the voice of "Heroes") and Michael Perfitt with photography by Caroline Davies.A short introduction to the Sacred Places and mythology of this region of the Andes... more