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KB Schaller (Cherokee/Seminole heritage) has taught in a Reservation Christian academy and in public school systems. She is an artist, poet and a columnist and illustrator for Indian Life newspaper. KB Schaller is a member of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and other writers organizations.
She states her writing goals as "to build rapport with my readers and tenderly move them to a different way of thinking about Native Americans."
Based on Native American/ First Nations Heritage of North America, Broken Walls is a band that travels extensively around the world communicating a message of restoration dignity, self respect, and Creator’s Love to all cultures.
This message is communicated uniquely through music, songs, dance and storytelling. From intimate gatherings to large concert venues, Broken Walls is truly an unforgettable experience!
Often starting with our Mohawk water drum, Broken Walls will perform on a variety of Indigenous instruments such as the Mohawk windflute or the large buffalo hide pow wow drum, eventually graduating to a full on contemporary band. Even while performing as a full band you hear the ancient vocals, beats & sounds of their native heritage.
Together Broken Walls has traveled to such places as Australia, Austria, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ireland Mexico, Peru, Switzerland and extensively across North America with a message of self respect wherever people are suffering from shame. BW has a desire to see people of all nations walk in their gifts and destinies that they were created with.
The RiverWinds are a dynamic, down-to-earth couple with a well-grounded enthusiasm for life. Both survivors of their own personal Trail of Tears, the RiverWinds are resilient overcomers that focus on forgiveness, reconciliation, and love. Steeped in creativity, art, science, history, and culture, their exotic flavor of life is palatable to people of all ages and walks of life.
Chief Joseph RiverWind is a documented Arawak Taino from the island of his birth Boriken (Puerto Rico). He was appointed by his Tribal Council as a Taino Peace Chief in 2014 and he serves his people as the Ambassador of the Descendants of Puerto Rico's First Nations. He is also representing his people as a voting member of the National Congress of American Indians in Washington D.C. Joseph is also of Sephardic Jewish (Bnei-Anusim) ancestry from Northern Spain whose ancestors fled the Inquisition. He is an honorably discharged U.S. Army Active Duty and National Guard veteran having been deployed on humanitarian missions.
Dr. Laralyn RiverWind is an enrolled member of the Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee; a State Recognized Tribe. She is a voting member of the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C. Dr. RiverWind embraces both sides of her cultural heritage as a way of life and enjoys sharing it with others. She is a diplomat, Indigenous rights activist, and advocate for the cultural preservation of language, culture, and arts of First Nations people.
Dr. Negiel Bigpond is a full blood Euchee/Yuchi Native American whose family was on the Trail of Tears. His Yuchi name is Au was day, which means Sky Hunter, One Who Seeks Vision. Dr. Bigpond is a fourth generation minister of the gospel. He and wife, of 41 years, Jan have been blessed with three children, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and six wonderful grandchildren. Dr. Bigpond played an active role in the development of a joint resolution of apology to Native peoples for ill-conceived policies by the U.S. government regarding Indian Tribes; frequently traveling to Washington D.C. to work with Senator Sam Brownback (Ret.) of Kansas. In light of his tireless work with the resolution, Charisma Magazine named Dr. Bigpond one of the Ten Most Influential Christian Leaders of 2006. His works include his involvement with Native America Justice Gate East of the Mississippi; which deals with land reconciliation in the eastern states. He has graciously received various keys to cities and proclamations from governors and mayors for his works. God also blessed Dr. Bigpond with the vision of Two Rivers Native American Training Center, for which he is the president and co-founder. The training center is a Christian training base camp for the purpose of dealing with occult and territorial enemy strongholds on the reservations, and throughout the U.S. Bigpond has also published several books and is currently authoring a book dealing with forgiveness, not only from the Native American perspective of historical atrocities but, also the spiritual significance of forgiveness as it relates to all people.
We the people, the Host People and original Gatekeepers of this great land, come together with one heart and one mind to bring healing to our nation through the Power of Forgiveness and Prayer; We believe that Peace and Harmony is the will of the Creator and the ultimate spiritual and natural order among all His people; Therefore, we proclaim that His Peace will create harmony, unity, and mutual respect and honor among all people and nations.
Our mission is to empower the First Nations People to activate the governmental voice of authority rightly given to them by our Creator; by expressing that authority through the gathering of all tribes and nations in Washington DC annually, to pray and intercede for our nation in October or November.
Carry The Cure is a non-profit, faith-based organization founded in 1996 by Pastor Pat Donelson - [at that time] Alaska District Youth Minister, and Doug Yates - National Native Youth Director, in response to Western Alaska's outcry against the epidemic of suicide among Native Teens. The Alaska suicide rate is more than twice the U.S. rate (Alaska Department of Health & Social Services). In Carry The Cure's home base, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, there were 15 suicides between 1999 and 2000 (Alaska Vital Statistics & Alaska Medical Examiner). Eight of these suicide victims were younger than 24 years of age.
Just as dedicated mushers drove their dog teams across nearly 1000 miles of arctic terrain to carry the cure for diptheria to the afflicted Eskimos in rural Western Alaska in 1925, a new group of Alaskans are today forging ahead to carry a new cure to rural Alaska - the cure for teen suicide. This new generation of Alaskans, which is now under the direction of Bill Pagaran, is called Carry The Cure (CTC). This dedicated team of youth and adults travels throughout Alaska to provide a message of hope through school rallies, mentorship, and education.
In 1997, Richard and Katherine Twiss established Wiconi International in response to centuries of misguided individuals telling Indigenous peoples they must renounce their culture to follow Jesus.
Through events like the Wiconi Family Camp and Living Waters Powwow, Wiconi (life in Lakota) has offered a culturally authentic path to follow the way of Jesus. Every year, Native campers have discovered that they can be fully Native and follow Jesus.
After Richard’s sudden passing in 2013, the Wiconi Board worked hard to keep his vision alive. This led to a partnership with Indigenous Pathways, a Canadian ministry dedicated to providing practical and spiritual support to Indigenous peoples in North America.
With deep gratitude, Wiconi joined the Indigenous Pathways family in 2015.
Now in 2020, with the blessing of Indigenous Pathways, the Wiconi Family Camp and Living Waters Powwow operates independently.
We can visit the ruins of past cultures. We can sit quietly in Anasazi cliff dwellings in the Southwest and ponder the feelings of daily life or climb down into a Kiva and try to sense the religious world of those who created the spiritual power of those spaces. We can run our hands over the rubble of Inca stonework and wonder what life must have been like within the architecture of such a civilization. But the abyss of time and destruction prevent us from experiencing any more than our imaginations of what it must have been like to “live in these dwellings amidst these cultures.”
However, the Native American Tipi provides a passageway back through time that allows us to actually experience some of the aspects of this unique nomadic culture of the Great Plains.
You set-up the tipi just as they did using the exact same procedures and you step through the door in the exact manner as your predecessors. You now sit in the same dwelling that they sat in. With a warm fire glowing in the middle of the tipi, dancing patterns emerge on the tipi wall and you begin to experience some of the inspirations of their extraordinarily beautiful and organic art forms.
Stacking wood, tending fire, warming water, cooking, cleaning, arranging. You begin to realize that you are making the same moves, gestures and motions that were made hundreds of years before you by other people in other tipis like yours. You sit back. You experience what was experienced by another culture. Far in the distance-the hoot of a night owl. What does he think when he does that? What does his face look like in the dark? You begin to wonder as they did. You begin to experience something of how this culture thought, something of how the richness of their mythologies evolved.
So you begin to sense some of the ways of the tipi culture. Uniquely, we can breech time – we can meet another culture through this “living artifact”.
An apology to Native Americans was signed into law but never said publicly. It’s time to change that.
“To many Native people, an apology not expressed is worse than no apology at all, just another set of meaningless words buried in official treaties and broken promises.”
An official apology to Native Americans deserves public recognition. To remain hidden and unknown robs a generation of the potential for a new beginning. This unnecessary travesty must be righted without further delay. Its repair is so simple, yet it requires cooperation from the most influential people in our society, namely the President of the United States.
A public ceremony in The White House Rose Garden would put the right amount of focus and attention on the hard work that has already taken place. The time has come for The Apology to be humbly put before the collective American conscience. We need healing now more than ever before.
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Hello, my name is Terry Wildman, the “Chief” of Rain Ministries. My wife Darlene and I have been actively involved in the lives of Native Americans since 1998. We founded Rain Ministries, an Arizona non-profit organization, in 2002 while living on the Hopi Indian Reservation in Northern Arizona. The primary purpose of Rain Ministries is to encourage Indigenous Peoples to realize and fulfill the destiny the Creator has given them through his Son Jesus Christ and to partner with them in developing culturally significant ways to express their worship of Creator and to make him known to others. Through Rain Ministries, we will also encourage and facilitate reconciliation between Christian churches and First Nations people.
The First Nations Version Project is a branch of Rain Ministries
The First Nations Version New Testament is a new translation of the Sacred Scriptures by and for Native North Americans. The idea for this project began in 2002 while Terry and Darlene lived on the Hopi Indian reservation in Northern Arizona. They were looking for ways to tell the story of the Bible to Native Americans, in a culturally relevant context. Terry had no idea that he would end up leading a group of Natives to translate the entire New Testament, but the dream has become a reality! InterVarsity Press published the first edition of the FVN New Testament on August 31st, 2021.
RainSong is the music branch of Rain Ministries
Since the year 2000, Terry and Darlene have been traveling North America and abroad, teaching, storytelling, sharing their music at First Nations gatherings, festivals, and also at churches and conferences. RainSong has produced 6 CDs and they were nominated for a Grammy and for several Nammy Awards. Because of COVID 19, they have not been traveling for the last year, but they hope that will change in the late Summer and Fall of 2021.
Over the past 25 years I have dedicated my ministry direction to helping to create new models of Christian ministry to Native Americans people. I have helped ministries develop ministry approaches that color outside the box of traditional Christian evangelism practices. Beyond these I also conduct cultural programs I Cradle Board making and use as well as class in hand built pottery making in the tradition of the ancient Native Peoples of the Great Lakes region
40+ years writer-producer / focus on point-to-point expectation and resolution
I study complex colors, design and orchestration.
MUSIC: I have friends in all music genres from coast to coast, and access to DAW and instrument libraries. Film or comcast project? I can help solve your sound design.
PAINT: I'm a freelance colorist. I'm also employed as a painter for High Horse Interior Design in Ruidoso NM. My mom taught me to paint a long, long time ago. I love helping clients with composition, textures, color schemes, and lighting from architecture and furnishings to canvas and paper.
NABS was created to develop and implement a national strategy that increases public awareness and cultivates healing for the profound trauma experienced by individuals, families, communities, American Indian and Alaska Native Nations resulting from the U.S. adoption and implementation of the Boarding School Policy of 1869.
NABS was fiscally sponsored by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) until it became financially independent in 2015.
What is it that brings passion for you? For me, it’s moving forward as a Spiritual Warrior sharing insights with others.
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Retail location to purchase: “Inside The Tepee Looking Up”
Since 1872, the Tanner Family has worked directly with the Native American People to bring their Art and Jewelry to the market place. That tradition continues today with Lynn Tanner, a Fifth Generation Indian Trader, and his wife Kathy Dawn at their store, Tanner Tradition.
Mountain Arts Gallery & Framing is located in the heart of Midtown Ruidoso, New Mexico. The gallery has established a credible reputation as a landmark in the village offering one of the finest collections of Southwest and Western art and decor, including originals, prints, pottery, metal art, glass, rugs, music, and more...
Retail location to purchase: “Inside The Tepee Looking Up”
2917 Sudderth Drive