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ATLANTA Sacred Fire Foundation is pleased to announce the recipient of the first Wisdom Fellowship Award. These awards honor the work of indigenous and traditional elders from around the world who show outstanding lifetime achievement in preserving, protecting and revitalizing the spiritual and cultural heritage of their People.
Chief Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan,
member of the Onondaga Nation
Chief Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, member of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy (the Haudenosaunee) receives the award November 10th at Ancient Wisdom Rising in Norcross, Georgia.
Ancient Wisdom Rising 2012 will be held November 9 -11 at the Simpsonwood, a retreat center surrounded by 227 acres of woodlands along the Chattahoochee River in Norcross.
A recognized advocate for indigenous rights, Chief Lyons was active in the Red Power movement of the 1960s.
“At first, I wanted to defend the Iroquois. Then my sights broadened to embrace other Indians. Then I saw this had to include defending indigenous peoples all over the world,”he says in Visionaries: The 20th Century's 100 Most Inspirational Leaders.
During almost 50 years of activism, he has been an outspoken advocate for world peace and the Earth's environmental problems.
Sacred Fire Foundation seeks to restore balance by igniting a heart-centered way to relate to each other, our communities, and our world. Through its magazine Sacred Fire and annual Ancient Wisdom Rising retreats, the foundation demonstrates the relevance of ancestral traditions and spiritual approaches in today's world. Charitable activities include financial partnerships, and awards and grants to organizations that preserve and sustain traditional indigenous ways of life.
Ancient Wisdom Rising, a three-day retreat sponsored by Sacred Fire Foundation, brings spiritual leaders from around the world to share traditional wisdom with retreat participant. This year's spiritual leaders include:
Sobonfu Some', of the Dagara Peoples in West Africa, was guided from an early age to prepare for her life's work as a ritualist, as divined by the elders of her village before her birth.
Larry Merculieff, Aleut Peoples of Alaska, is of the last generation of Aleuts of the Alaskan Pribilof Islands to be fully raised in the traditional way.
Marcy Vaughn, Bon Tradition of Tibet, is Director of Practice and Study for Ligmincha Institute and is the editor of Tenzin Wangyal's books Tibetan Sound Healing and Awakening the Sacred Body.
Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami, a Sufi from Pakistan, is a 17th generation musician, a descendant of Mian Tan Sen, court musician of the 16th century Emperor Akbar the Great.
Grandmother Walking Thunder, Dinè Medicine People (Navajo) is known as a powerful healer, an accomplished sand painter, and an inspirational teacher who will model her immense connection to Mother Earth.
Two elders from tribes whose ancestors have lived on the lands in and around Atlanta for thousands of years will share their stories, language and deep connection with their traditional homelands.
Sam Proctor of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, is a tribal elder, traditionalist and spiritual leader, has a mission to help educate as many people as he can to further the ways of his ancestors for future generations.
Jerry Wolfe, Cherokee tribal elder, wisdom keeper and master of Cherokee stories, is known for keeping the traditions of his people, and passionate about keeping Tsalagi, the Cherokee language, alive.
Registration fees include all meals and events. For more information and to register online visit www.ancientwisdomrising.com
posted October 26, 2012 8:20 am edt