Every year we feature Elders from many different cultural and spiritual backgrounds. We host their traditional ceremony and their speakers onstage between our musical acts. We believe that making indigenous culture and ceremony accessible in a respectful way brings us together as a global community. We have hosted Elders and indigenous activists since 2006 and will continue to bring you the storytellers, wise people, and community leaders that help us remember the past and pave the future.
To schedule your Private Healing Session any of our Elders please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elders 2019 Lineup
Jiiniikwe Medicine Bird, Rapid City SD
Tribal Vision Festival 2019 proudly presents Grandmother Jiiniikwe Medicine Bird, PHD. Our very own fun loving Rockin’ Granny! Jiiniikwe is a Native American Cultural Spiritual Leader, she is also an artist, published writer, research consultant, film actress, professional award winning musician, the lead in her Native American Rock Band, Retired Veteran and Buddhist. She is a proud mom of three. Her son is a Military Officer (soon to retire), PhD in Biology and a daughter daughter is a published author pursuing her MA. Jiiniikwe was taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. She teaches mindfulness and meditation. She dances Traditional Native American, Native Tribal Fusion, Tai Chi Mandala Dance, and Charya Niritya. She is 4th generation descendant of Sitting Bull & Brown Shawl Woman (Iyotanka Tanka) and descendant of (Cetan), (Watakpe Mato), Magpiya, Chief Two Packs, Shoots The Mark from Keeweenaw and Medicine Grandmother's from Gnoozhekaaning. She speaks & sings in Lakota & Anishibabe. Her focus is to heal the oppression & trauma in her community & across the reservation through Cultural & Spiritual practices.
Jiiniikwe will performing dance, native song & rock at the festival as well as playing an integral part in our opening & closing ceremonies.
REIKI Master, Mayan Shamaness, Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez
AumRak Sapper, REIKI Master sends you this personal message.
“Hello my dear ones: It is a great joy for me to confirm my participation with Tribal Vision. I am very much looking forward to meeting you, and sharing my cosmovision, based on the Maya traditions unified with other cultures, as well as the Sacred work in ceremonies dedicated to the healing of our beloved Planet. See you soon!”.
Join AumRak as she performs the Mayan Sacred Fire Ceremony and the workshop: Creating Sacred Space (to connect with the Elementals of Earth, Water, Air & Fire).
AumRak is offering a limited number of 1hr. Private Healing sessions for the special Festival Rate of $75 cash payment and 30m. Private Healing sessions for $50. Cash payment.
Universal Dance of Peace
Bernie has lead Dance Circles and Song Circles all over the world. He is practiced in many traditions of meditations and has a passion to help others find their voice.
Join Bernie as he leads us through Body Prayer. Singing & Chanting simple phrases in various languages. Dance, Songs & Meditations all invite us to be present,in the moment, generating a powerful force that opens our hearts. If you don’t have a trained singing voice, it won’t matter. Our Singing together is a beautiful and powerful experience. You can see some of Bernies work on youtube by simply searching “bernie heideman dances of universal peace”.
Wonder Bob, Crestone CO
Wonder Bob, of Slipstream Intelligence.
Bob once had it all, the American Dream, only to tragically losing it all, including 6 family members passing on within a short two year period.
Through many years of extensive training, practice and personal development, Bob has been able to access a deeper space of consciousness and to integrate it into his being. As he considered where this awareness was coming from, and thought about what was it that he was actually accessing, the space between everything revealed itself. Slipstream Intelligence emerged. Tools and techniques came through to facilitate a powerful and rapid unfoldment of awareness.
Our souls have created amazing gifts, talents, and abilities over eons of time. Bob will be sharing his knowledge in his Wonder Dome through his presentation: The Evolution of Dimensional Reality. While at Tribal Vision Bob will perform on stage sharing his Conscious Music to Expand the Soul; a magical musical performance.
Lakota Grandmother, Environmental Activist & Protector of Lakota women & children, Fort Collins CO
Christinia Eala is a Lakota Grandmother and activist for the environment, Water Protector Veteran, and the Founder and Director for Tiyospaye Winyan Maka (Lakota words that translate to "Extended Family of Women of the Earth"), a non-profit organization empowering women to provide sustenance, healing and opportunity for their children and grandchildren.
Join Christinia as believers storytelling. One story is about "The Beginning Times"...a story that teaches us about “Earth Mother & Sacred Covenants”; and the other is "Lakota Ceremonial Protocol".
Lucy McCall in an Herbalist and Astrologist. Lucy teaches Astrology & Herbal Medicine at the University of New Mexico. She studied organic farming & herbs in Scotland, Hawaii, India, Mexico and the U.S. Lucy will be presenting Astrology, Herbal Crafting, leading an Herbal Walk and offering Celtic Prayers at the Sacred Fire.
Lucy McCall began studying astrology 47 years ago with her Aunt Susan Horton. Within the same timeframe, she started working with herbs, natural foods and farming. She had many profound teachers over the years, including herbalist and astrologer Peter Kabaska, who taught her the key to plants and the relationship of plants to the celestial bodies.
Martin Herrera, Chiclayo Peru & Boulder CO
Martin Herrera is a Sacred Fire Keeper and will be bringing with him his associate Fire Tenders. The Sacred Fire will burn from the moment the festival begins until the moment the festival draws to a close.
As in Ancient times, the Sacred Fire serves as both a central spiritual symbol and basic human survival. Prayers are said and offerings are brought to the sacred fire. The Sacred Fire is used as the starter for all other fires in the community. Martin, with the assistance of his Fire Tenders continues this revered and sacred tradition for our Tribal Vision Family, as he has in past years.
Nandhiji Yogi, Los Angeles, CA
Nandhiji Yogi is an artist, ecstatic chant musician, author and teacher- representing the path of the Liberated. Nandhiji will take part in our opening & closing ceremonies, he will teach Kalangi Kundalini Yoga, he will present the Mastery of Consciousness Workshop and he will be offering private Soul Blessing Readings.
Nandhiji envisions a humanity of ‘Consciousness in Action’ and a Planet Earth of Compassion through Yogic wisdom, enterprise and community. He is a Siddha yogi, humanitarian & visionary awakening humanity through mystic wisdom, community and service.
“These are moments when the intense enlightened energies of the Sages, as consciousness, reach each of us in ease. My purpose is to be the joyful instrument that can uplift humanity to amazing possibilities of consciousness. Imagine a million Mahatma Gandhis, Rumis and Einsteins! This is a possibility in our times. We are the realities of this consciousness.” – Nandhiji
Walking Eagle (Wanbli Mani ), Rapids City SD
Peace Pipe career
Tribal Vision Festival 2019 is honored to welcome Wambli Rene Mills Walking Eagle Mani, Peace proponent. Since 1997, Wanbli has travelled the world bringing people together in ceremony & prayer for peace. Tribal Vision Festival 2019 is honored to welcome Nandhiji Yogi.
Rene Mills is Shoshone and Lakota. He was raised in Reno Nevada. He’s had a number of degrees and has travelled around the world. He has 5 children and a number of grandchildren. He loves the drum and playing his bass. He practices traditional Lakota religion and culture.
Robintix, Grand Junction CO
Robin has chosen his life’s work as a Monk with the purpose of sharing love, respect and forgiveness without judgement. Robin will be leading Reiki OM Group Meditation and Walking Group Meditation. Robin will also offer private sessions of Reiki Om Healing, Chakra Alignment Healing and Negative Energy Release sessions.
Founder of Golden Bear Healing Arts, Taos NM.
Abril Mondragon is the founder of Golden Bear Healing Arts to this years festival. Abril is a local Healing Artist who has been invited to share locally, regionally and internationally with Indigenous Elders and Youth. Abril has learned her craft by the side of the Elder Peoples of Hopi, Lakota, Zapotec, Waitaha/Maori, and 38th generation Doctors of Oriental Medicine.
Join Abril at Tribal Vision 2019 as she guides us through the Medicine Story Circle Ceremony. Bring your favorite blanket or pillow and don’t forget your water!
Abril is also offering a limited number of Private 40-minute Healing Council Sessions.
Past Years Elders
Rev. YUSEN YAMATO
Global Peace Monk
YAMATO is a Buddhist Monk and Zen Shiatsu Meditation Practitioner. He was the coordinator of the Long Walk for Survival in 1980 and the initiator of the United Nations 50th anniversary Global Peace Walk from New York to San Francisco in 1995. He has worked in the US for over 20 years networking with the indigenous American spiritual leaders and has facilitated meetings between the Hopi representative and His Holiness Dalia Lama. Rev. Yamato has been inspired by his involvement in witnessing the mutual fulfillment of Tibetan and Japanese Buddhist prophecy along with the Hopi prophecy regarding the spiritual reawakening due in these times. He has deep knowledge of eastern cultures and a unique perspective and knowledge of the past two
millenniums history including the overall role of the hemp plant outlawed in Japan since 1945 and previously a mainstay of the traditional economy. He has dedicated his life to the spiritual reawakening necessary for Global Peace Now! For more information on the Global Peace Walk or to join the coordinator' email group list. For more details see the message, Global Peace Walk, Pathway to Global Peace Zone 2020
Aztec Dancer Teacher
Thirty-five years ago traditional Aztec dance captured Tanya’s soul, but her heart belongs to her family and her community. Born in Taos to Manuel and Flossie Ocañas, Tanya traces her lineage back to the plaza of Ranchos de Taos (“ranchos” referring to military outposts dating back to the 1680s) which was completed in 1779. Tanya credits her jazz musician father with teaching her the essence and beauty of music. Both parents fostered a love of the arts. One of Tanya’s earliest memories was seeing her neighbor, the famed Flamenco dancer Maria Benitez (born in Taos), perform at the San Geronimo Lodge.
When Tanya was six, her parents moved the family to California and later to Wisconsin. Living in these places broadened Tanya’s horizons in unforeseen ways. In his job as migrant worker coordinator for the State of Wisconsin, her father ensured that the people were treated with dignity and that their children went to school. Manuel Ocañas’s humanitarian approach, and his belief that activism was a kind of spirituality, led to Tanya’s involvement years later with the United Farm Workers.
Mario is a Taos Native, Sun Dance and Buffalo Dancer. He frequently offers prayers on stage at Tribal Vision in Native tongue and is an honored guest of the Festival.