Original Caretakers Ceremonial Visit
The Oracle Institute is hosting the first leg of the North America “Original Caretakers Ceremonial Visit,” which will be led by Kogi Mamos from Colombia and Otomi Shamans from Mexico. These spiritual Elders recognize that Mother Earth and all her inhabitants are in grave danger, consistent with Western science but based on their ancient and abiding connection to the planet. They are practiced in restoring ancestral Sacred Sites and they work energetically to restore the health and balance of our world.
These Shamanic Elders are visiting North America for the first time to spread their message of earth care and spiritual environmentalism. They will perform ritual at the New River in Independence, Virginia (the oldest river in the Western Hemisphere and possibly the oldest river in the world), and at the Four Corners in Colorado.
The Visit will culminate in San Francisco, California with the Elders’ participation in the Global Climate Action Summit, which is being co-sponsored by the United Nations and many environmental NGOs. Governors Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg are Chairing the event, which is intended to provide confidence to other governments that the U.S. is committed to addressing and remediating global climate change (despite President Trump’s denials).
Oracle is co-sponsoring this event with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), the Center for Earth Ethics, and Forum 21 Institute. Oracle has been tasked with the responsibility of raising the necessary funds to bring the Indigenous Elders to the U.S. and covering their expenses while at the Oracle Campus in Independence, Virginia.
Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz is the director of the Original Caretakers Initiative at the Center for Earth Ethics. He serves as the coordinator of the Otomi-Hñahñu Regional Council in Mexico, a caretaker of the philosophy and traditions of the Otomi people, and has been an Otomi Ritual Ceremony Officer since 1988. Born in Tultepec, Mexico, Mindahi holds a Doctorate in Rural Development from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, and he is President of the Mexico Council of Sustainable Development. He is a member of the steering committee of the Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative, and he has served as a delegate to several commissions and summits on indigenous rights and the environment. He has written extensively on topics such as the relationship between the State and Indigenous Peoples, intercultural education, and associated traditional knowledge
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