This is an ongoing US and global project to help enthusiasts, scholars, practitioners, and curious parties learn more about shamanic living in a contemporary culture. The space here is devoted to sharing info, experiences and opinions about all forms of shamanic expression covering shamanism's multiple permutations. Among subjects explored are traditions, techniques, insights, definitions, events, artists, authors, and creativity. You are invited to draw from your own experiences and contribute.

What is a SHAMAN?

MAYAN: "a technichian of the Holy, a lover of the Sacred." CELTIC: "Empower the people...by changing the way we think." MEXICAN APACHE: "Someone who has simply learned to give freely of themselves..." AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL: "...a teacher or healer, a wisdom keeper of knowledge... (who) takes people to a door and encourages them to enter." W. AFRICAN DIAGRA: "views every event in life within a spiritual context." HAWAIIAN: "...human bridges to the spiritual world and its laws and the material world and its trials..." QUECHUA INDIAN: "embodies all experience." AMAZON: "...willing to engage the forces of the Universe...in a beneficial end for self, people, and for life in general."

-- from Travelers, Magicians and Shamans (Danny Paradise)

Friday, January 25, 2008

Support Siberia Ancient Tribal Lands

Dear friends and family,
I have an urgent appeal for your support of the indigenous people of the Altai Republic in Southern Siberia. They are at great risk. Unprecedented new Russian land laws have suddenly required the Altai people to survey and register their ancient tribal lands. To not do so makes their communal lands vulnerable to division and purchase by private individuals and corporations. This would begin the slow displacement and annihilation of their livelihood, culture, and communities. These indigenous people do not have the resources to have their lands surveyed and have turned to the non-profit Altai Mir University for help. I volunteer for Altai Mir, and I can tell you that all the money we raise is going to this survey effort.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH A DONATION OF ONLY $10. Help us win a $50,000 Challenge Grant from the Case Foundation. The top 4 organizations in NUMBERS of donations - NOT DOLLARS - will win. We need 1000 people (each from a different credit card) to donate by 3:00pm EST on January 31st. 100% of this money will go toward surveying and registering the Altai people's lands. With your help, we will succeed.
Please rush to http://givingchallenge.globalgiving.com/dy/registry/ag.html?cmd=prevfund&regid=1267&RF=fundraiserwidget1267 and donate today! By forwarding this appeal to your networks, friends, and families immediately, we can reach out to folks so much faster. That is one of the reasons for this grant, to activate online donations for small organizations.
Thank you for protecting this land. As concerned global citizens, we cannot change what happened to the lands of the indigenous peoples of North America, who share much in tradition and ceremony with the Altai people. But we can make a difference in Altai.
Peace to you and those you love,
Susan Q

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