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Spirit Keepers Series
Fall 2010 - Winter 2011

Waiki Circle in Peru

Sobonfu Somé

Harold and Charlene Joseph

Mona Polacca

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In these times there are a number of indigenous peoples who are emissaries of their ancient and living traditions, acting as a bridge, straddling both worlds, uniting cultures. In the Quechua language of the Andes, a person who undertakes this sacred role is called a chakaruna. They help us remember what we already know.

The Chakaruna's Offering is an introductory talk on the sacred ways of the Spirit Keeper's people. These Saturday evening presentations are held 7-8:30 PM at the Unity Church, 145 S. Arizona Street, Prescott, Arizona.

The Spirit Keeper's Circle is a follow-on Sunday afternoon gathering led by the Spirit Keeper with more in-depth opportunities to experience the rituals, cosmology and practices that inform the spiritual consciousness of their native people. Circles are held 1-6 PM at the Creekside Center, 337 N. Rush Street, Prescott, Arizona.

Sobonfu Somé
“Keeper of the Rituals” and world renowned teacher of African Spirituality

September 18, 7-8:30 PM
The Chakaruna’s Offering:
Intimacy: A gift from Spirit

“Intimacy is the song of spirit inviting two people to come and share their spirit together. It is a song that no one can resist. We hear it awake or sleeping, in community or alone.” Sobonfu Somé from The Spirit of Intimacy.

Relationships are at the heart of being human; yet creating healthy ones can be a challenge. How do you create and sustain healthy connections? Do you how to allow spirit to be your guide? We will explore these questions while focusing on the three levels of intimacy: intimacy with spirit; intimacy with the self and intimacy with loved ones.

September 19, 1-6 PM
The Spirit Keepers Circle:
From Grief to Joy: An experiential Ritual

Grieving is a natural gift of human nature. We are born with a wonderful ability to express our feelings. When we have reached adulthood, most of us have had great cause to grieve for lost loved ones, broken dreams, failed careers, and relationship crises. We know that unexpressed grief will burrow its way deep into the subconscious/psyche, numbing our feelings and disconnecting us from life itself. And yet we, as a culture, fail to support the expression of grief. There are so few places where it is acceptable to express our deepest feelings.

This transformational and soul-invigorating workshop is designed to break through our cultural barriers to grief. There is a need to periodically feel and express grief in order to purge the soul of hurts and pains. To begin to regain a serious and lasting sense of connection with ourselves and with spirit, we need to find a place to release our grief — grief about the loss of loved ones, the loss of our dreams, and the loss of our connection with our ancestors.

Sobonfu Somé Sobonfu Somé, a daughter of the Dagara tribe of West Africa is a respected author, lecturer, activist. She is one of the foremost voices in African spirituality. She travels the world on a healing mission, sharing the rich spiritual life and culture of her native land Burkina Faso, West Africa. She is the founder of Wisdom Spring, Inc. an organization committed to provide clean sustainable drinking water, tuition for education, health and women projects to villages in Africa.

Sobonfu is the author of three books and a set of CDs on African wisdom. Sobonfu’s message about the importance of spirit, community, and ritual in our lives rings with an intuitive power and truth that author Alice Walker has said “can help us put together so many things that our modern Western world has broken.”

To learn more about Sobonfués projects & teachings please go to: www.Sobonfu.com or www.walkingforwater.org or www.wisdomspringinc.org.

Harold Joseph and Charlene Joseph
Hopi Wisdom Keepers

November 6, 7-8:30 PM
The Chakaruna’s Offering:
The Hopi People: Who We Are

Screening of the short documentary “One World Wisdom” written by Carla Woody and co-produced with Bradley Burak will create a framework for Harold and Charlene to respond, from the Hopi worldview, to this question posed in the film: “Is it time for some traditions to die...?”

Join us for this rare opportunity to learn from these traditional Spirit Keepers as they share who the Hopi are as First People, the original commitment they made to the Creator — and some of the ways they carry out these deeply sacred responsibilities.

November 7, 1-6 PM
The Spirit Keepers Circle:
The Hopi Way

During our circle we will explore the traditional Hopi way — that holds the world together. What does daily life consist of in traditional villages? What are the roles and responsibilities? The complexities of the clan system ensure that all is balanced. How are the clans interwoven? How does “community” create the support system? What are some of the traditional uses of plants? With 2012 and the end of the Maya calendar fast approaching, what does the Hopi calendar predict? How are the creation stories related?

To build on this beautiful sharing, an opportunity will be offered so that all in the circle may have a hands-on experience of typical daily undertakings.

Charlene and Harold Joseph

Dawahafvoya (Harold Joesph) and Baqua Mana (Charlene Joseph) are married in the Hopi way, meaning that the marriage was conducted in the Hopi traditional way where both the bride and groom's hair were Hopitized (washed in sacred water). Married for over forty years, Charlene and Harold, are blessed with two sons and one daughter, Garrett, Darold, and Carrie Nuva, followed by four precious grandchildren Deja, Duwala, Dillon, and Kara. Harold and Charlene serve on the Kenosis Spirit Keepers Advisory Board regarding Hopi traditions.

Charlene Joseph hails from the Hopi village of Moencopi near Tuba (Tuuvi) City, Arizona where she was born and raised in a large family. Unlike many Hopi youth, Charlene was fortunate that she did not have to attend a boarding school and was educated locally. As a result, she was raised with an abundance of cultural and traditional knowledge and insight, which is now a stronghold for her Hopi values and beliefs. Charlene belongs to the Coyote Clan (Iswuungwa). Iswuungwa takes on the responsibility of Protector/Guard and stands for strength/agility, as symbolized in various Hopi ceremonies.

Charlene JosephCharlene examining petroglyphs in a Pachamama cave during the 2009 Spirit Keepers Program in Peru.
Photo credit: Darlene Dunning

Charlene graduated college from Northern Arizona University and has worked many years as an educator with a specialty in Special Education. In 1995, she was named Arizona Indian Educator of the Year by the Arizona Indian Education Association. That same year, Charlene was honored by the Ambassador Program based out of Washington, D.C. to represent Arizona as an Ambassador in Special Education and attended a special education conference in Beijing, China along with other ambassadors representing each state in the United States.

An educated woman in the Western culture, Charlene carries on her traditions and supports Hopi religious functions and ceremonies. Her purpose is to retain her Hopi culture and traditions and to gain it the utmost respect it deserves by sharing general knowledge and wisdom with the outside world.

“I also want to instill in my children and grandchildren how important it is for their Hopi identity to remain and to be carried on into the future for all Hopis because we will never be anything else. We are Hopi.” Charlene emphasizes.

Don Américo  and Hopi Elder Harold JosephHarold greeting Don Américo Yábar during the 2008 Spirit Keepers Program in Peru.
Photo credit: Barbara Mahan

Harold Joseph is known by his people as Dawahafvoya. This name was given to him by his Wu-Chim (Hopi church) father when he was Hopitized (Baptized) when he was thirteen years old and when he was in the seventh grade. He had to be Hopitized early in his childhood life by his parents because the federal government sent most Hopi Indian children away to government boarding schools when they complete their junior high school education. Dawahafvoya continues to practice his Hopi Religion.

Dawahafvoya is a member of the Snow Clan of the Hopi Village of Shungopavi. The Snow Clan is responsible for many important functions of the traditional ceremonies which keeps the whole system in harmony. The clan is responsible for the practice of respect, loyalty, and team approach among all people, leaders, and natural things so that the cultural activities are done in harmony with the natural world. In this way, the good way of life that respects all natural things are achieved for all humankind.

In carrying out his clan member responsibilities, Dawahafvoya must participate in or lead ceremonies, prayers, songs and dances, all carried out in the village of Shungopavi. Along with his Hopi responsibilities, Dawahafvoya must also carry out his Western economic and academic responsibilities in order to keep pace with current changes in world outside of the Hopi Nation. In doing so he has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration degree (MBA).

Mona Polacca
Member of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers

February 26, 2011, 7-8:30 PM
The Chakaruna’s Offering:
Leading From the Maze: For the Next Seven Generations

Leadership is the highest spiritual calling, and as leaders the starting point begins with you — managing your whole self — by utilizing the spirit that lies within your identity and the strength of your culture.

Grandmother Mona Polacca will facilitate an opportunity to identify specific significant attributes of the individual and Indigenous cultural value systems and how they can be inter-connected to well being. Life can feel like a maze. For some, that maze summons them to a quest: solving problems and achieving the impossible are exhilarating challenges. To others, life's labyrinth is a trap of frustrating complexity. Which interpretation we embrace is a matter of our own choice.

February 27, 2011 1-6 PM
The Spirit Keepers Circle:
The Balance of Life

In "The Balance of Life" Grandmother Mona Polacca will give you an opportunity to practice ways of creating balance in your life by the sharing of sacred teachings. This Spirit Keeper's Circle will focus on the balance of the masculine and feminine energies in our lives, and how to foster and maintain a healthy relationship between the two; for as we move into this time of great transition on earth, it is more important than ever to create opportunities for people to find the balance of the masculine and feminine within themselves, their lives, and their communities.

Mona Polacca Mona Polacca, a Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa elder, has a Master of Social Work degree. She is an honorary member of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.  She serves on several United Nations committees on indigenous people’s issues and is a featured author, speaker, and educator on indigenous people’s human rights, aging, mental health, addiction and violence. She is also the President/CEO and faculty of the Turtle Island Project, a non-profit program that promotes a vision of wellness by providing trans-cultural training to individuals, families, and healthcare professionals.

Mona says, “Indigenous people have come through a time of great struggle, a time of darkness. The way I look at it is like the nature of a butterfly. In the cocoon, a place of darkness, the creature breaks down into a fluid and then a change, a transformation, takes place. When it is ready and in its own time, it begins to move and develop a form that stretches and breaks away from this cocoon and emerges into this world, into life, as a beautiful creature.

We grandmothers, we have emerged from that darkness, see this beauty, see each other and reach out to the world with open arms, with love, hope, compassion, faith and charity.”

To learn more about the mission of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers go to: www.grandmotherscouncil.com.

To view information about past Spirit Keepers Series, visit the Spirit Keepers Series archives page.

Photos used with permission. All rights reserved.


Passport: Spirit Keeper Series
Advanced tickets to all 6 events: $295
(For full-time students with valid ID or seniors over 65: $215)

The Chakaruna's Offering
Advanced tickets to all 3 Saturday talks: $55
Advanced tickets to individual events: $20 each
(For full-time students with valid ID or seniors over 65: $36 for all 3; $15 each)
Price at the door: $25 each talk

The Spirit Keeper's Circle
Advanced tickets to all 3 Sunday circles: $240
Advanced tickets to individual circles: $85 each
(For full-time students with valid ID or seniors over 65: $180 for all 3; $65 each)
Price at the door: $95 each circle

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