|Belonging To Mother Earth
Belonging to Mother Earth is part of an overall plan to create and develop a
long term commitment to enable Indigenous peoples everywhere to be heard by each other,
and the world; providing the opportunity to share their enduring wisdom and healing with
the rest of humankind in a significant way. This event is planned as one of the most
extraordinary and memorable gatherings of action at the close of the millennium. It is a
way to get beyond the deep hurts and outrageous mistakes of the past, beyond the distrust
and anger, and create a bridge for true understanding and real cooperation. Healing will
take place on personal and collective levels - including physical, mental, spiritual,
cross cultural, environmental, and planetary healing.
The conference consists of several related parts:
ceremonies and rituals, plenary sessions with keynote speakers, workshops with
facilitators, seminars with presenters, and panels with panelists of diverse backgrounds.
There will also be healing circles, traditional ceremonies and rituals both ancient and
modern and many, many opportunities for informal exchange in talking circles. Groups,
formal and informal, and receptions will round out the gathering exchange.
A cooperative working sponsorship has been formed between
the Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE), the Institute of Global Education
(IGE), and Radio For Peace International (RFPI) in partnership with numerous Indigenous
Nations such as the Maori in New Zealand, the Yupik in Alaska, the Cherokee and more than
100 others - working to create and produce this incredible gathering. Dr. F. Richard
Schneider is the Executive Director of the conference.
Radio For Peace International will broadcast live from the
conference site and do extensive pre-conference programming. A new program- Indigenous
Voices Communications Project - will come out of the conference and will become part of
A traditional and contemporary concert of Indigenous
musicians from around the world will reach out to include the general public, and a
special sacred concert will close the conference.
The purpose of the conference is exemplified by Dr. Arvol
Looking Horse, Nineteenth Generation Keeper of the Sacred Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota
Nation. He will lead the ancient "Mending of the Hoop of All Nations" ritual for
healing among the peoples of the planet.
A specially designed program will be held with children
ages 7-11 and another with youth ages 12-16. Indigenous and all other children and youth
are encouraged to attend.
An arts and crafts show, an indigenous art exhibit, and
special cultural exhibits and programs will highlight the diversity, depth, and creativity
of Indigenous contributions to the world.
An extraordinary Pow Wow conducted by the several Indian
groups in the local area will be open to all participants on Saturday, October 10.
Conference registration and participation is open to
everyone. Opportunity is given to sponsor an Indigenous participant or child from another
part of the world.
It is time to mark your calendars to attend this once in a
lifetime experience. Write to our Oregon address for registration materials: P.O. Box
20728, Portland, OR 97294 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org