The following are a selection of the Wisdom Keepers we have had the honour of supporting thus far:
Huni Kuin Tradition, Brazil
Txana is a tribal leader and shaman from the Huni Kuin people of the Brazilian Amazon. He lives in his native village in the Joardo region of Acre, Amazonia, Brazil.
After decades of encroachment and degradation of their ancestral homelands since Contact, the Huni Kuin have recently embarked on a new phase of engagement with modern cultures out in the world, to help us rebalance our relationship with one another and with the Planet for the safety and survival of all.
As a spokesperson for their culture, Txana shares the spirituality and shamanic tradition of the Huni Kuin people through their sacred healing chants, offering prayers and messages from the Planet, and performing sacred dances and songs.
Bwiti Tradition, Gabon
Marie-Claire Eyang, known by her initiate name Etincelle, meaning Spark, is a Nima – the equivalent of a shaman in her home country of Gabon.
Etincelle shares her message powerfully and invites us all to experience Unity and Oneness to a rhythm inspired by the fauna and flora of the great native primordial forests of Africa.
The gentle sound of her harp transports the spirit into a state of trance that opens the doors to inner beauty and peace. It’s a form of self-discovery that acts like a spiritual elevator.
DON ESTOLIO RIVERA DE LA CRUZ, MATZUWA OSCAR AND SALVADOR
Wixarika and Yoeme Traditions, Mexico
Don Estolio is a marak’ame or shaman from the Wixarika people of the central and northern highlands of Mexico. More than 80 years old, Don Estolio maintains direct contact with the spirits, elements and ancestors wherever he is, and teaches us how to harmonize and reciprocate our relationships with these unseen and unacknowledged beings.
He is accompanied and supported by brothers Oscar and Salvador, young shaman of the Yoeme tradition, themselves powerful bridges between ancient traditions and modern audiences with their music, ceremonies and dance.
Oscar observes: “These Wisdom Keepers are the guardians of the ancient knowledge of the roots of the Planet, those who maintain the balance of the energy of Mother Earth by making offerings and keeping contact and communication going with the sacred elements for the continuation of life on this Planet. They are like heroes for humanity, and are helping us all remember where we come from.”
Kaminchu, Okinawan Shaman/Female Oracle
Born in Okinawa, an island off the south coast of Japan, Kazumi is a Kaminchu, a type of shaman who deals with the Gods. They communicate with higher beings, using the physical body to receive messages. Kaminchu are born psychics and each one carries a different spiritual role.
Traditionally a Kaminchu does not appear in front of people, however Kazumi has been receiving messages regarding the future of the Earth and Humankind and so she has come to the decision that is time to reveal these messages and predictions regarding the spiritual and natural world to people around the world.
In accordance with the messages she receives as an Oracle, Kazumi has been travelling around the world communicating with the Gods and giving prayers and ceremonies with the Mayan elder, Don Alejandro, as well as the Council of the 13 Grandmothers and the Kogi Mamos (Spiritual leaders) of Columbia.
Caretaker of N. & So American traditions, US
Jyoti is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher. She has cultivated projects that demonstrate ways of life that honor the Earth and all Peoples.
As the Spiritual Director of the Center for Sacred Studies, she co-founded Kayumari, an international spiritual healing community with centers both in America and Europe. She has devoted her life to bringing unity to the planet by facilitating the development of alliances between individuals who are the guardians of indigenous culture and traditional medicine ways.
Other projects she has helped to convene are the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers and the Unity Concert. She sits on the Fountain, whose mission is restoring an economic model based on collaboration and reciprocity guided by Nature and the Sacred.Through this work collaborative relationships with organizations that are focused on economic, social and environmental solutions have developed, creatively addressing the global challenges of our times.
Celtic and Druidic Traditions of Northern Europe
Angharad has spent the last decade uncovering and mapping the stories, histories, folk culture and secrets of communities across her Welsh homeland and Britain, and helps to re-connect those with Northern ancestry to their own indigenous roots.
Speaking of her experiences at Boom 2016 she said: “I was deeply moved by how our traditions were embraced and honoured; how a mostly young generation felt a tug towards our ancient ways, found nourishment in them and actively sought out more information from us all. To witness such openhearted, easy acceptance of prayer and ceremony in our modern world shook me to the core, and gave me a sense of deep hope for our world and humanity. It seemed to stem from a thirst for meaning, for centre, for spirit, prayer, connection and love. It was an honour to witness and support that need.
This is important work, and it resonates well beyond the festival field. It’s a timely intervention in the development of this growing, maturing generation. After all, they are the next guardians of this Planet, the next generation of parents.”
Kichwa Tradition, Ecuador
Kurikindi is a Kichwa Amazonian Shaman. He was born in the rainforests of Ecuador and into to an ancient line of shamanic families. Kurikindi has over 36 years of experience. Since very young he was immersed in the shamanic way of life. He feels that growing up in his atmosphere was a great privilege and an honour. His family travelled long distances and to other countries in South America to spend time with shamans from other cultures and nationalities to learn and share knowledge and experiences.
Canadian Ceremonial Leader
Erika Gagnon is a Canadian ceremonial leader and wisdom keeper of mixed race ancestry, who has walked the “ Camino Rojo/Red Road ” for 24 years, working with Indigenous elders of North & South America and their ceremonies, traditions & medicinal plants. She has walked through the altars of the Vision Quest, Sun Dance and Danza de los Epiritus, and has the blessing of her elders to continue their traditions and lead Temazcal (sweat lodges), water blessing, tobacco and other healing ceremonies.
Erika openly shares her wisdom on traditions and ceremonies of the Americas, plant medicines, sacred altars, ancestral lineage, the origins of disease, and how to transmute toxic thoughts & destructive energies that can cause disorders in our body, mind, soul & spirit.