Ka'nahsohon (Dipped Feather) Kevin Deer
Director of Indigenous Knowledge Quality Learning and Teaching Excellence
Kanahsohon Kevin Deer from Kahnawake Mohawk Territory. For the last 30 years involved in Mohawk Language retention and revitalization. He is also a Faithkeeper at the Mohawk Trail Longhouse which involves knowing sacred songs, dances and rituals. He enjoys discussing and presenting the Iroquoian world views, history and philosophy. He was involved in the Kahnawake Police Commission from 2005 to 2015. In 1990 he was involved in the Oka Crisis using the power of peace to try to resolve that conflict. In May 1990 he participated in a ceremony calling for the return of the Peacemaker in Tyendineaga, Ontario. In 1994 he assisted in the establishment of the new Mohawk community at Kanatsiohareke, New York. In 2003 he was part of a planning committee of the historic event that involved horses coming across the land from British Columbia to Six Nations to help wipe the tears of the 7 generations and heal the earth. In September 2015 he was deeply involved in the Bretton Woods IV convocation, performing a ceremony to help all participants who gathered to see, hear, and speak more clearly about matters of global financial concern from a Native, First Nation’s perspective. In February 2016, he made a presentation on Native spirituality at the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week in New York. In August 2016 he did a welcoming and healing ceremony for the World Forum on Theology and Liberation in Montreal. In November 2016 he traveled to Standing Rock to meet with spiritual leaders and elders.
Tat Chuchqajaw Marco
Originally from Guatemala, son of Quechi family from Alta Verapaz. He has written books about Mayan Invocations which was published and edited through Nana Maria Ramirez in Canada and Guatemala. He is a participant in the Japuq Waqxaqib Q’ojoom Maya Ceremonial Sound Group producing more than 6 CDs and DVD recordings about pre-Hispanic Maya instruments. Tat Chuchqajaw Marco makes copies of pre-Hispanic instruments and teaches how to play them. Producer of Chobal Q'ij the Maya solar calendar account for more than 15 years.
Tat Chuchqajaw Marco is a Maya spiritual counsellor and medicine man who guides in different treatments for people, conflicts, personal relationships, illnesses, work problems, family problems and to find the person’s mission. Invited from many universities in Guatemala to teach and promote knowledge of the Maya Cosmovision, he has also been invited to perform important ceremonies to honor the Heart of Mother Earth and all its elements. The ceremonies he performs are important in communities where many people come to be healed.
He was invited by Trent University in Canada to speak about the importance of traditions, the Maya Cosmovision and Maya Prophecies. He was also invited to be part of a documentary about the Maya Cosmovision and its Nawales at Kesington Market by students from Ryerson University. He received a Ceremonial Staff and Ceremonial Rattle as gifts from the Mohawk nation in Canada and Tat Chuchqajaw gave the Maya mission to the young time keeper students (Ajq’ij) in Tyendinaga Mohawk Reserve. He continues to promote and preserve the knowledge and prophecies of the Maya Nation to be shared to the world.
Roberto Leon Mtz. Macuilmazatl
Roberto Leon Mtz. Macuilmazatl is from the Nahua-Mexhika Nation.Originally from Mexico City. He holds a bachelor in Anthropology from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. The rest of his education has been self-taught in the Anthropocosmogonia of Anahuac, his main deformation has been by official schools that have led him to reeducation and unlearning; since the ENAH and UAMI schools educate with French, English, American and Jewish eyes and never with Mexican eyes. Hence the alienation or deprivation of national judgment and foreigners of seeing the other as a stranger, hence the decision to recover the collective memory that still remains latent in the original peoples and communities. He has chosen as a profession the investigation, dissemination and promotion of our pre-quaint culture through workshops, invitations from diverse universities to exhibit in different conferences in Mexico, radio interviews and numerous workshops. Roberto has wrote 12 books and 4 are in process. These books disseminate and promote the importance of amoxtin –pre-Hispanic and post-Hispanic history- in order to understand the life of pre-quauhtemic cultures; as part of our historical-cultural roots and of our own national identity. Likewise, the ancestral knowledge, as well as the most recent scientific discoveries that can lead us to an improvement and avoid a desperate exploitation of man by man. The history, culture, languages, myths and legends that gave us light towards a recognition of our true essence as Mexicans. So that the light of a Mexihco may flourish to illuminate the nations of the world.
Wakerakatste (Mama Bear) Louise Herne
Wakerakatste (Wa-geh-lah-gats-the) Louise Herne is a condoled Bear Clan Mother for the Mohawk Nation Council. She is a trusted advisor for families and community youth and works closely with them in their homes and schools. She bestows traditional names in the longhouse and provides spiritual counsel for all those seeking support.
Through her work as a matrilineal leader and as a mother, she is a founding member of Konon:kwe (Goh-noon-gwe) Council, a circle of Mohawk women working to reconstruct the power of their origins through education, empowerment and trauma-informed approaches. Louise champions the philosophy of Kahnistensera (Ga-nees-the-sa-lah), “Mother Law”—a natural law that binds Onkwehon:we (Uhn-gwe-hoo-weh), or Indigenous, kinship society. She is the lead conductor of the Moon Lodge Society, a convening women and girls on a monthly basis in line with the full moon cycle. Louise is the principal organizer and leader of Ohero:kon (Uh-ho-low-go), “Under the Husk”), a traditional Rite of Passage ceremony for Mohawk youth. Since 2005, she has guided hundreds of community families and volunteers through self-reflection and Haudenosaunee cultural instruction and ceremony. A former Spirit Aligned Legacy Leader, Louise has presented at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and lectures regularly at universities throughout Canada and the United States on Haudenosaunee philosophies and self-determination regarding women. Louise, affectionately known as Mama Bear, is the Distinguished Scholar in Indigenous Learning at McMaster University Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL).
Patricia Anne Davis
I am an Indigenous Native American elder of Choctaw and Dine’ tribal lineage. I am initiated, trained and experienced in facilitating the authentic healing practice which I named “Indigenous Ceremonial Change Process for Wellness Restoration” (ICCP). I am a Whole Systems Designer, specializing in peace making leadership; and, a Traditional Medicine Diagnostician/Practitioner, specializing in spiritual wellness restoration. I am an International Educator and Consultant on Indigenous health and healing practices and processes. I worked in Health and Human Services for 20 years. I have traveled to ten countries to teach and to facilitate ceremony by invitation and all-expense paid. You may find me on my website: http://nativeamericanconcepts.wordpress.com; and, my Facebook Page: "Indigenous Wisdom Institute". My ICCP for Wellness Restoration is:
- Universal in practical application
- Translatable to any language
Mona Polacca serves as the Co-Secretariat of the Indigenous World Forum on Water & Peace. She has been an invited speaker to the 2020 Symposium on Water & Culture, International Heritage Water Culture Conference, 2019, and the Great Water and Heritage Forum in 2018 presenting an Indigenous worldview on water.
Her work includes assisting some Canadian First Nations in drafting of Water Declarations, and South American Indigenous Peoples in creating a collaborative effort to call for protection of the cultural and sacred waters and conserve biodiversity on the lands and territories of the Indigenous People of the world.
Mona is a founding member of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, which is an alliance of indigenous women from around the world who are upholding, preserving, and protecting the earth-based medicine, indigenous practices and beliefs.
Sherri Mitchell – Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset
Sherri Mitchell -Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset, is a Native American attorney, teacher, activist, and author from the Penobscot Nation. She is the author of Sacred Instructions; Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change, and a contributor to numerous anthologies including All We Can Save: Truth, Courage and Solutions for the Climate Crisis and Resetting Our Future: Empowering Climate Action in the United States. Sherri is the founding director of the Land Peace Foundation, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the Indigenous way of life and an alumna of the American Indian Ambassador Program and the Udall Native American Congressional Internship Program. She has been a longtime advisor to the American Indian Institute’s (AII) Healing the Future Program and the Indigenous Elders and Medicine People’s Council of North and South America. She currently serves as an AII Trustee and as an Advisory Council member for Nia Tero’s Indigenous Land Guardianship Program.
Autumn Peltier is a 16 year old and is known as an International Indigenous Environmental Activist. Autumn is Eagle Clan from the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Anishinaabe Territory and is also the Chief Water Commissioner for the Anishinabek Nation. Autumn began doing advocacy for clean drinking water when she was 8 years old. She has won several awards for her advocacy for clean water and spoken at the United Nations three times at a young age. Autumn was also mentored by her late aunt Josephine Mandamwho was the creator of the Mother Earth Water Walks. Autumn has travelled across the globe advocating for Clean Water and represents her Indigenous People’s.
One of my earliest memories is my Grandfather sharing these words with me ‘we have our own way as Anishinabe people, we have always known our Creator, and our way is the Midewiwin, never forget’. Those powerful words spoken in Anishinabemowin led me on a journey of searching as a young person to find what was ‘left behind along the trail’. In February 1980, I found my way to the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge and I knew I was home. My life dedication is to be accountable to my purpose and work alongside many, ensuring the knowledge and sacred teachings our ancestors held for us continue to be reawakened in the present time, helping us to live a good life, and sending ahead to our future generations. Midewiwin is ‘the way of the heart’. In my professional working life, I have worked in leadership roles within post-secondary institutions and organizations whose missions and mandates focused on cultural knowledge revitalization to promote wellness for First Nations people’s. Currently, I am the Training & Education Manager with Thunderbird Partnership Foundation.
Mamo Manuel Coronado Simongama
Traditional Spiritual Mamo Leader, Kogi Peoples of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia.
He participated in the BBC ¨ALUNA¨ movie sharing the message of Mother Earth and her call to urgent action to avoid the collapse of the fragile web of life. He is the main spiritual advisor to the recently created Grand Council of the Eagle and the Condor.
Hi I am Charles Pokiak, I come from a community named Tuktoyaktuk where there is a little under a thousand people. I have lived here all my life. I am a local harvester, and hold traditional knowledge of our cultural ways from our elders, past and present.
Jim Dumont, Elder
Onaubinisay – Walks Above the Ground
Jim (Onaubinisay) is Ojibwe Anishinaabe from Shawanaga First Nation and member of the Marten Clan. Onaubinisay is also known as the Gichi A:ya: and Chief the Eastern Doorway of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge. In 2011, Jim was awarded a Doctorate of Sacred Letters the first of its kind at the University of Sudbury for his work in establishing the Department of Native Studies and designing and delivering the Indigenous knowledge courses. In 2015 received a Doctorate of Anishnaabe Philosophy from the 7th Generation Institute and the World Indigenous Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC).
Chief Arvol Looking
Chief Arvol Looking was born on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. His primary responsibility is serving as the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe – a role he was given at the age of twelve making him the youngest pipe keeper in Lakota history. As keeper of the sacred Pipe he also serves as the spiritual leader to the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nation and advocates for the restoration of the Lakota Nation’s rights to the Black Hills—as guaranteed by the 1868 Laramie Treaty.
He grew up in an era of religious suppression, where traditional Lakota ceremonies were outlawed in both the US and Canada from the early 1900’s until the Indian Religious Freedom Act in 1978. His family was forced to hold Sundance, sweatlodge, vision quests, and healing ceremonies underground for fear of arrest by the police.
Arvol’s advocacy of environmental and Indigenous rights and issues has been recognized globally as a recipient of the Wolf Award of Canada, the Juliet Hollister Award, a Non-Governmental Organization with Consultation Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. He is also the author of White Buffalo Teachings and a guest columnist for Indian Country Today.
Since 1990, Arvol has also devoted himself to facilitate healing to all people and cultures through several sacred Prayer Rides on Horseback including The Annual Wintertime Chief Bigfoot Memorial Ride to Wounded Knee in order to mend the Sacred Hoop that was broken during the Massacre in 1890, The Unity Ride from B.C. to Six Nations in the early 2000s whose purpose was to heal historical trauma through the land and animals, and since 2005, he has supported and participated on the Dakota 38 Ride that takes place every December from South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to honor the memory of the 38 + 2 Dakota men who died under order of President Abraham Lincoln the Day after Christmas in 1862 in what was the largest mass hanging in U.S. history.
Ori:té Kyle Delisle
Ori:té Kyle Delisle is a Kanien’kehá:ka of the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawá:ke. He previously worked for over twenty years with the Kahnawá:ke Economic Development Commission, including three years as CEO, and during this time he was also involved with the Harvard Project on Native American Economic Development. Kyle is now the Executive Director and President of the Kahnawake Business Contribution Foundation, a not-for-profit that focuses its efforts on providing equality of opportunity for all the children of Kahnawá:ke. In recent years, he has been studying the Younger Dryas cataclysm that occurred globally 12,900 to 11,600 years ago and the recording of these events in the legends and myths of the Haudenosaunee. In addition, he is currently writing a book that links the various myths and legends of the Haudenosaunee with the stars and constellations with the intent of hopefully bringing back our original linkages to the stars. Kyle has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Cornell University and Queen’s University.