2017 Maya Program
The 2017 Maya program held two sponsorships: Hopi Ron Wadsworth of Second Mesa, AZ and Salqa Apaza from the Q'ero village of Ccochamocco high in the Peruvian Andes.
Row 1: K'iche' Maya Daykeeper Apab’yan Tew and Q’ero Salqa Apaza. Row 2: Hopi Ron Wadsworth and Carla Woody, Founder of Kenosis Spirit Keepers. Photo taken by Connie Baxter Marlow at Na Bolom in San Cristóbal de las Casas.
Ancient Travels of the Moqui, is what my journey to Chiapas, Mexico seemed to replicate. Kenosis Spirit Keepers through Ms. Carla Woody invited me on a journey back into the time when my ancestors occupied the regions of Chiapas, Mexico. To witness the indigenous Maya peoples practicing their strong beliefs and cultures was very overwhelming to say the least. The land upon which my ancestors harvested their crops twice a year felt like home to me!
Palenque, Tonina, and other sites still hold vibrations of scared energies our ancestors utilized in prayer for all life. It truly was and remains central to the Hopi (Moqui) in ceremony, spirit, and heart. I have brought this energy home to my people for our benefit as well as for the benefit of all. Thank you Ms. Carla Woody-Kenosis for giving me a surreal experience of Ancient Travels of The Moqui. I pray many others may experience this same journey as I have.
Ronald Wadsworth Second Mesa, Hopi (Moqui), AZ
2016 Hopi Program
Apab'yan Tew on Hopi
Apab'yan Tew, K'iche' Maya Daykeeper from the Guatemala Highlands, was sponsored to the US in March 2016. During this time, he was a guest on our Hopi program and shared Maya traditions at locations in Arizona and Kansas.
2016 Program in Bolivia and Peru
For this pilgrimage through Bolivia and Peru, we brought together Q'ero (Peru), Hopi (US), Maya (Guatemala) and Aymara (Bolivia) Wisdom Keepers.
Apab'yan Tew (left) and Radford Quamahongnewa (center) with Aymara leader Roger Choque of the Island of the Sun, Bolivia.
Q'ero paq'os (Wisdom Keepers) Carmina Zamate Machacca (left), Alejandro Cruz Apaza (center) and Julian Machacca Apaza (right) during a despacho ceremony outside Tiwanaku, Bolivia.
We were privileged to have Hopi Elder Radford Quamahongnewa as a sponsored guest, designated by the Hopi religious leader. During this program, he validated the presence of the Hopi migration petroglyph at the Bolivian site Puma Punku, a significant aspect of their oral history.
The venture was very sacred for me. I was praying all throughout the trip. Visiting the shrines were most powerful as we have similar ones. This visit partially confirms the Hopi origin as the floods were mentioned (in the Inca creation stories) but the Serpent was not known to the guides who took us around. However, the Serpent was included in the migration symbol at the Puma Punku/Tiwanaku.The Constellation the Hopi observe are similar to the Incas. - Radford Quamahongnewa Hotevilla, Third Mesa, Arizona
There’s always something, that appears here and there that goes beyond imagination and keeps the spirit, the soul, flying free. I was not prepared for everything that I could seeand experience in this journey. In this moment, I still ponder, dream and think with my heartabout what was all of this, all these beautiful experiences. I feel gratitude, when in silence I miss my friendsin the mountains, Carla, Radford and all of them having, as I was, eyes of awe.I don’t really know, for sure, what is the soul, but mine, is still wandering in Qochomoqo. - Apab’yan Tew Nawalja’, Sololá, Guatemala
Suhongva Marvin Lalo on 2015 Bolivia-Peru Trip
Hopi Elders talk about and remind generations after generations; of Hopi oral history including the migration stories of various clans after the flooding of Palatkwapi, a unknown ancient village located somewhere in the south. Exact routes, establish villages, and events have long been forgotten with time. Still, ancient ceremonies remained intact with clans responsible for carrying religious ceremonies through thousands of years of migrations to present day Hopi villages where the ceremonies are still practiced today.
Suhongva Marvin Lalo
Harold Joseph with Q'ero spiritual leaders
The effect on my life has been enormous in terms of the spiritual connections that were made on behalf of the Kikmongi [Hopi spiritual leader]. The awareness that we are spiritually connected to creators and keepers of life—Katsi. [And] emphasis on the importance of carrying on my responsibility as a Hopi and its ceremonial practices that rejuvenates life here on Mother Earth and the Universe for future generations.
Harold Joseph, Jr.
Don Américo, Hopi Merle Namoki & Mollamarka Leaders (Photo Credit: Mark Jericevic)
"For myself... I think the Quechua, Maya and Hopi have similar cultures in common...
Gerald Lomaventema and Merle Namoki giving gifts to Q'ero religious leaders. (Photo Credit: Carla Woody)
Hopi Charlene Joseph of Moenkopi (Photo Credit: Darlene Dunning)
"... This trip and experience strengthened me to keep on with my faith, values, traditions, and support for Hopi religion for that is what makes me who I am. It is so important that the Hopi way of Life continues for our children and others still to come."
Diné Pat McCabe and son Liam Ireland of Taos (Photo Credit: Shelley Wolfe)
Hopi Harold Joseph of Shungopovi (Photo Credit: Darlene Dunning)
"From the experiences of these trips, I was able to verify many of our cultural and spiritual connections to the Indigenous people in Mexico and Peru…It is very important that these experiences are shared with our people and also our friends from North America so that we can continue to strengthen our understanding of our history as pueblos of North America."
Harold Joseph, Jr.
David and Clarence Washington of Shungopovi with Founder Carla Woody (Photo Credit: Lutz Wesel)
Grandmother Flordemayo, Maya member
Hopi Charlene Joseph after a ceremony
Hopi Alvin Taylor making a presentation to Don Xun Calixto of San Juan Chamula (Photo Credit: Carla Woody)
Augustine Mowa of Shungopavi (Photo Credit: Darlene Dunning)
Hopi Gerald Lomaventema and Don Antonio Martinez (Photo Credit: Darlene Dunning)
"These places we have visited are held in great awe by the Hopi. For they are in our stories of creation, which are told to us as youngsters and as we mature into adulthood. Understanding myself was the first lesson I received. Now healing has begun... We should continue the visits to these mystical and sacred places, because it is important that we encourage other Indigenous people to continue to practice their ancient ways for the good of all… Kwak-Kwa!"
Hopi Harold Joseph with Lacandón Maya elder Don Antonio Martinez (Photo Credit: Darlene Dunning)
During our May-June 2009 Peru Program we finalized the agreements to assist our Q'ero friends in building their school and began funding this project. The best outcome starts with a sacred ceremony to set intent. A formal meeting followed after our Spirit Keepers Journey. On August 7 the Q'eros of Cochamoco purchased building materials for the first phase of the project with the help of our in-country representative Lila Manjari.
Gathering for Despacho (Photo Credit: Darlene Dunning)
Speech Making (Photo Credit: Darlene Dunning)
Commitment (Photo Credit: Darlene Dunning)
Conferring at Agreement Meeting (Photo Credit: Darlene Dunning)
Signing the Formal Agreement (Photo Credit: Darlene Dunning)
We did it! (Photo Credit: Darlene Dunning)
School nearly complete (Photo Credit: Fredy Machacca)
Classroom (Photo Credit: Fredy Machacca)
Class in front of school (Photo Credit: Lizbeth Escudero Lopez)
Recess (Photo Credit: Lizbeth Escudero Lopez)
During our May-June 2009 Spirit Keepers Program we shared in festivities with the villagers of Mollamarka in the Cusco Region. During this event funds were donated to begin the building of a badly needed bathroom for the village school.
Presenting Funds to the Mollamarka President (Photo Credit: Shelley Wolfe)
Signing the Agreement (Photo Credit: Alonso Mendez)
Don Américo Yábar and Schoolteachers (Photo Credit: Darlene Dunning)
Future Site of Bathroom between Schoolrooms (Photo Credit: Darlene Dunning)
Two-story bathroom with Mollamarka community leaders,
in building process as of March 2010
Last updated 29 March 2017 | © 2009-2017 Kenosis Spirit Keepers