Monthly Archives: July 2014

Raven visits Aaron Carapella on August 3, 2014 at 4pm

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“My name is Aaron Carapella. I have always had a calling towards my Native side ever since I was a young child .Growing up in California-far away from my Oklahoma Cherokee roots-I was intrigued with the story of not only the Ani’yunwi’yah (Cherokee) people, but also of the many other tribes. As I got older I got involved with the Tongva and Ajachamen Nations of Orange County, Ca, learning of their struggles as “unrecognized” Peoples, and from there eventually joined the American Indian Movement and met other Cherokee people who taught me about the traditional way of life. At 19 I started developing a map of the Indigenous Nations of the United States, utilizing their traditional names for themselves and documenting even the smallest and most obscure of tribes, to bring back their memories and honor a Native perspective of pre-contact “America.” Along the way I earned a Bachelor’s in Marketing at Indian Tech and now reside back in the state where my grandparents were born, in Warner, Oklahoma. I have a fiance- Whitney, and a 4-month-old son -Sequoyah Nighthawk. We are raising him in the Cherokee language. I continue to develop more maps of Native “America” that bring honor to the truth of our collective and individual histories. Wado diginali (thank you friends).”


Global Indigenous Initiative: Voices from The Circle of Wisdom Keepers : July 20, 2014 at 4pm

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TODAY: Tune in LIVE to “Make No Bones About It” hosted by Raven Redbone
Global Indigenous Initiative: Voices from the Circle of Wisdom Keepers

Attendees to the recent URI Global Indigenous Gathering #HiddenSeeds reveal their experience of the gathering and discuss the unprecedented, unified action and outcomes being forged as a result.

Sunday, July 20, 2014 / 4pm – 6pm (Pacific)
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Spiritual Leaders and Wisdom Keepers Convene For Global Indigenous Gathering, Call For Unprecedented Unified Action

San Francisco, CA – July 10, 2014 – International interfaith network United Religions Initiative (URI), through its Global Indigenous Initiative (GII), recently hosted Hidden Seeds of Natural Healing & Curing, a gathering of 33 Indigenous representatives from six continents, including two youth leaders ages 13 and 14. The participants met for three days, July 1-3, near Napa Valley in Northern California.

The URI GII was convened for the purpose of engaging in critical dialogue about practical issues and concerns facing Indigenous communities worldwide and all members of the Human Family, including the intergenerational on-going impact of colonialism. It was also established to develop a strategic plan for the future of the Global Indigenous Initiative (GII) that grows out of traditional ways of knowing and being.

For over a decade, Hidden Seeds Co-convener and Quechua elder Alejandrino Quispe Mejia, along with a contingent of Latin American Indigenous Peoples, have held the vision for the URI GII. Following the recent unanimous ruling by the Canadian Supreme Court to grant a major land claim title to the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet’s announcement of a plan to buy and return disputed ancestral lands to Chile’s Indigenous communities, and a formal apology by the US State of Tennessee to descendants of Indigenous Nations who suffered and died on the infamous “Trail of Tears,” the Hidden Seeds of Natural Healing & Curing council was well-timed.

“We found a family from all parts of the world that is passionate about strengthening Indigenous values and improving the lives of Indigenous People. Prophecy has called us to the center stage of humanity as Indigenous Nations to bring ancient knowledge systems and spiritual practices from our respective civilizations to the resolution of modern issues and reconciliation of relationships for the Great Peace,” said Diane Longboat, Hidden Seeds participant, and a Mohawk and Turtle Clan representative from Six Nations Grand River Territory in Canada. “We realized we were not alone and must do this work together – being a global Indigenous family is needed now. A great wave of change for peace has begun to roll over the face of Mother Earth.”

Among the outcomes of their meeting was the unanimous agreement to work together and build on existing efforts to have the Papal Bulls of 1452-1493 denounced by Pope Francis. The Hidden Seeds council – and the communities and peoples they represent – seeks the issuance of a full apology to Indigenous Peoples worldwide and all of the Human Family, who have suffered untold, immeasurable damage and hardship as a result of these orders’ far-reaching, long term affect under the Papal Bulls’ Doctrine of Discovery. The GII members felt encouraged that this is a critical time to take a stand for denouncing the Doctrine of Discovery due to recent statements by Pope Francis on the environment and human ecology: “When I look at America, also my own homeland, so many forests, all cut, that have become land…that can no longer give life. This is our sin, exploiting the Earth and not allowing her to her give us what she has within her,” he said.

GII Co-convener Audri Scott Williams shared, “The sacredness of this gathering was upheld with the highest integrity by the wisdom keepers. Fully aware of our charge, we chose to address the need for Pope Francis to officially denounce the Doctrine of Discovery, with full apology, because we find it essential to shifting the paradigm of the exploitation and devastation of Indigenous Peoples and their rightful lands worldwide. For the past 500 years, the Papal Bulls, which form the basis of the Doctrine of Discovery, have been used to justify the displacement and annihilation of Indigenous Peoples, and occupation of their ancestral homelands to the benefit of the global expansion of colonialism. Those in attendance determined that this is the best place to begin to allow the healing that must happen across the board, and to raise the awareness that Indigenous People have value, meaning, and wisdom that can help us shift the paradigm now for the wellbeing of all of life and the sustainability of Mother Earth.”

Additional action areas discussed include: (1) supporting the global emergence of the “Seventh Generation”, as promised, by fostering youth participation, leadership, and wisdom in all decision making processes impacting all life on Mother Earth; (2) creating sacred gardens in each region to preserve, protect and perpetuate plant life and healing herbs central to Indigenous communities; (3) accurately depicting Indigenous arts and cultures through the media as expressions of the sacred; (4) preserving and protecting sacred sites, retrieving heirloom sacred objects dispersed throughout the world, and returning them to their rightful owners; (5) galvanizing connections with various global networks to support the Global Indigenous Initiative and its efforts; (6) stopping the assault on Mother Earth by extractive industries that are destroying the waters and causing egregious imbalance to the natural environment; and (7) facilitating decision making by leaders that are good for seven generations into the future, known by Indigenous People as “seven generations” decision-making.

“The Hidden Seeds Gathering was yet another fulfillment of Indigenous Prophecies across the Americas and beyond,” said Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., Hidden Seeds participant and member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe and Chickasaw Nation. ”These prophecies clearly foretold that after a long spiritual wintertime of 500 years, Indigenous Peoples would spiritually arise, with the support of other members of the Human Family, and become so enlightened that they would illumine the world. Those gathered unanimously acknowledged that this promised time is now!”

‪#‎HiddenSeeds‬ was virtually attended and supported by ‘space holders’ from around the world who offered their prayers, intentions, and well wishes via social media as the event took place.


Visit and the event page at to learn more, and to also share your own aspirations and dreams for our shared future.

Press and media are encouraged to follow the Global Indigenous Initiative as this unprecedented, unfolding story is told. For more information, please contact Hidden Seeds press/media coordinator Mikuak Rai by calling (202) 276-3099 or emailing


URI (United Religions Initiative) is a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences, and work together for the good of their communities and the world. URI respects the sacred wisdom of each religion, spiritual expression and Indigenous tradition.

For more information about URI, please contact Isabelle Ortega, Director of Global Communications and Strategic Planning, by calling (415) 561-2300 or emailing



Legacy of the Salmon People

Tara Evonne Trudell on ” Make No Bones About It.”, July 13, 2014 at 4pm


Tara Evonne Trudell will share with us her poetry, art, and love of the spoken word. “I started writing poetry again after a 10-year break and was intrigued by the healing process the words brought to the surface. Writing poetry can be like catching butterflies: the words flutter so quickly from deep within and I capture them as quickly as I can on paper. Then I go back and shape the poem, looking at how the words interact,” Trudell said. Trudell, 44, is earning her bachelor of fine arts in media arts with and emphasis in filmmaking. Her films have already garnered awards. The Las Vegas single mother of four returned to Highlands in 2010. Trudell’s roots run deep in Northern New Mexico on her mother’s side, dating back seven generations. Villanueva was named for Trudell’s great-great grandmother, Manuela Villanueva. The poetry reading with her father will be filmed as the culmination of a documentary Trudell is producing from her summer poetry reading series called “Poetry in Random Places.” She is collaborating with fellow media arts student Faith Toledo on the project. Toledo helped film Trudell’s poetry readings this summer at northern New Mexico venues ranging from the Axle Contemporary Gallery and Lucky Bean Café in Santa Fe to the Las Vegas Farmer’s Market. Trudell also filmed herself reading poetry in natural settings such as cornfields and scenic canyons. Trudell’s films are rich in what she calls her earth shots: a flowing river, threes thrashing in the wind, a hawk soaring overhead, clouds filling a leaden sky, a lingering sunset. Earth images also infuse her poetry. “I want people to recognize the beauty of the land and nature and be moved in some way. The more we cultivate our connection to the earth, the stronger we become,” Trudell said. Trudell is also a human rights activist, with a particular passion for immigration issues. Her poetry was selected for inclusion in the anthology, Poetry of Resistance: A Multicultural Response to Arizona SB 1070 and Other Xenophobic Laws, slated for publication through the University of Arizona Press. The Aug. 19 poetry reading is free but donations are accepted. Proceeds will help with the production expenses for Trudell’s documentary, “Poetry in Random Places.”

Jewell James, ot the Lummi Nation on KAOS radio 89.3 fm, July 13, 2014, 5:00-5:30pm

10487313_10152068955001887_6557126353205447199_nLummi Carver Jewell James 2014 Totem Pole Journey

The journey to bring attention to the adverse effects on Native and non-Native communities in the path of the coal, Bakken oil, and tarsands oil. The 18-food totem pole, carved by Jewell James, will begin its journey on the west coast in mid-August and culminate in early September when it will be raised at Peace River, in the heart of the tarsands territory in Alberta. Please show support in any way you can.

Gene Tagaban on the next “Make No Bones About It.” July 6th, 2014, 4:30 pm


           “You are a storyteller.
Your life is a story.
Tell a good story.”

~ Gene Tagaban


As a young child, I listened to stories of Raven from my grandmother.
I heard the story of how Raven freed the Stars, Moon, and Sun into the nighttime sky and opened the Box of Daylight. The people saw this daylight and they were able to see their world clearly for the first time.  They marveled at the beauty of it. I heard the story about the time Raven was looking out to sea and saw an island of fire throwing flames into the sky. Hawk helped Raven get that fire.  Raven, he took that fire, and he threw it into the rocks, the trees, the water, the animals and into all of the human beings. Now we all have that fire. Now we all have that spirit.
In the words of my grandmother, “You are the light of the world, share your light and light the fire in the hearts of the people. You will see their spirits shine.”

Gene Tagaban





Sage Galesi shares on “Make No Bones About It.” 7-6-2014 from 4:00pm

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Sage began her journey as a singer/songwriter and actress when she was a wee child. Music was always around from stories of her grandmother who worked with Elvis or her mother’s dearest friend and record producer Leonard Cohen dropping by. Some early highlights of Sage’s career would be dancing with Michael Jackson in the music video BLACK or WHITE, singing “Thank You” with Natalie Merchant at the Lilith Fair, starring on the Disney Channel, “Toon Disney Summer Sundays with Sage and Beau” and a co-starring role in the ABC mini-series “Dreamkeeper”. Sage has also performed on some of the world’s most renowned stages, including: The Roxy, The Whiskey a Go-Go, House of Blues LA, The Ford Amphitheater, to name a few. Sage took a break from Hollywood to attend Yale, though during her freshman year she couldn’t pass co-starring in the Steven Spielberg miniseries “Into The West” for TNT. Through her education she explored the world, studying theater in London and at Russia’s renowned Moscow Art Theater. Upon graduation Sage went to LA and started to work on her new musical venture, this led her to London and Nashville where she wrote and recorded her first solo EP, “Learning to Walk“. In 2012, with Sage and The Saints, Sage recorded her second EP “I Will Lie” produced by Rascall Flatts instrumentalist Jonathan Trebing. Currently, Sage lives in Nashville. She is writing and recording for a new record, as well as lending a hand writing for and with other artists.

 “Mama’s Biscuits”   -Neil Young
 “When Sage first came to my office at BMI New York I knew she was destined for success. Sage has great talent both as a songwriter and singer…She displays the attributes that are characteristic of someone who will succeed in this tough business and achieve every goal desired.” –Charles Feldman, VP Writer/Artist Relations BMI New York

} “Over the years I have followed Sage’s musical career and have watched her evolve into a wonderfully talented singer and songwriter.  Sage takes an elegant approach to her sound and style, cherry picking musical elements from a variety of styles and time periods, to create a unique and special musical experience.” –Adrian Grenier


2/27/14            @DonnaTeresa5 tweeted “SAGE AND THE SAINTS-WOULD I RUN: L-O-V-E this song by @SageTheSaints”

2/19/14            @RosaMonteiro88 tweeted “@SageTheSaints listening to your songs right now and falling in love with your voice!! <3”

11/2013             via YouTube LiiJamJaxxn said “Beautiful u and song!!! *O* I love you Sage


“…you made my day with just an EP …what a discovery…I am blown away  by this singer and this band…I can’t stop listening (particularly track 1 that I already listened at least 20 times…what a song, what a melody ..they reach perfection) ..I also can’t stop listening tracks 2 and 3 ..I will air these 3 songs …vocally and instrumentally this CD is a real musical gem…it is beyond words.. I guess they will be on the road to a extraordinaire career…to me it is the discovery of this year …Take care and merci for this precious gift.”   -Mike Penard DJ on ISA Radio France

“John (biscuits & Gravy) Davy thumbs up for Sage & The Saints”- on FSR

“so proud of this girl…check out @SagetheSaints” –Ali Puliti, US Weekly via twitter

“good stuff” –Balthazar Getty, PURPLEHAUS Records/musician/actor via twitter