Foundation for Shamanic Studies E-Newsletter
October 2007
Vol. 1, Issue 5
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There is much anticipation here at the Foundation as we look ahead to 2008. Not only will there be exciting course offerings, but FSS members will have online access to fascinating and useful information from the Foundation archives, including several talks by Michael Harner dating from 1986 - available online as streaming audio. More audio, photos, and articles will be added regularly, as well as web audio conferences with Michael Harner, FSS faculty, and special guests. Check the website in early November for exclusive new member benefits and visit often for workshop schedules.


Submit your ideas and news for the Articles and Healing Words sections to the Editor.

Plan ahead for 2008! The Two-Week Intensive in Advanced Shamanic Healing will be held April 6-17, 2008 in the San Francisco Bay Area and on November 2-13, 2008 on the East coast. The next Three-Year Program in Advanced Initiations in Shamanism will start October 26-31, 2008 in the San Francisco Bay Area. There will be a special residential version of the Harner Method Shamanic Counseling training in the San Francisco Bay area, with April Tuck, C.S.C. The training will be held April 20-25, 2008 and will be introduced by Sandra and Michael Harner. Don't miss this intensive training to develop skills for answering personal life questions with the assistance of helping spirits.

The first Shamanic Innovations workshop was held October 21 - 26 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Myron Eshowsky, experienced FSS Faculty member, presented his exciting work on shamanic healing in communities and peacemaking: Where are the Dreamers? Restoring Shamanism in Community Life. One participant said: "I had the privilege of taking 'Where are the Dreamers?' with Myron Eshowsky and it has reinvigorated my excitement about and enthusiasm for this important healing work. I left feeling personally restored and took with me an expanded toolkit of new and adapted techniques that I can bring to my own practice and life." Another workshop with Myron is planned in September of 2008 on the East coast. Watch the website for the schedule.

In September, another Indigenous Shamanisms five-day workshop The Creative Sami Shaman was held in the San Francisco Bay Area, with Ailo Gaup of Norway. Ailo gave the enthusiastic participants an experience of the continuing dynamism possible in the oldest shamanic path in Europe, that of the Sami (Lapp) people, presented as a world heritage. More workshops in Indigenous Shamanisms will be listed on the website as they are scheduled.

We are pleased to announce that Henry Kablalik, an Inuit elder from Nunavut, Canada, has been appointed as a Field Associate of the Foundation in honor of his efforts to preserve the shamanic knowledge of his people.

The contributions of FSS members help support the efforts of indigenous peoples and the renewal of shamanism in a contemporary context. We invite you to join us and receive special member benefits, including the online Members Forum - and support shamanism worldwide. Thank you!

An Invitation to FSS Members
We would like to invite you to submit a photo of one of your creative works related to shamanism. Periodically, we will select a few of these photos to post on the FSS website. Photos of works might include paintings, sculpture, drums/rattles, weavings, and photos of shamanic places, etc. (Submissions must follow the guidelines below.) Share your work with us!

Guidelines for submission: a. Must be an FSS member;
b. Must be the creator of the work submitted and hold the copyright; c. No photos of people, please, unless you have a written, signed release to publish the photo; d. One photo only per member. Please include your name and a one-sentence description or title of the work. Send the photo as an email attachment to the Editor, Susan Mokelke.

Restoring and Dreaming
U.N. Recognizes Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The United Nations General Assembly declaration spells out the fundamental rights of indigenous peoples including their right to their traditional lands and resources; their right to give their free, prior, and informed consent before governments take actions that negatively affect them; their right to be free from genocide and forced relocation; and their rights to their languages, cultures and spiritual beliefs. Click here to see the full article from Cultural Survival.org.

Newspaper Rock, Utah, USA
Photo by Jeremy Edwards
Rock Art a Reflection of Shamanic Visions
Many researchers now speculate that much of the rock and cave art illustrates the journeys of shamans. In these journeys to other worlds, ancestors, deities, and various creatures await the shaman, who deals with them in ways intended to heal the sick and meet other vital community needs. Read the article from Science News Online.

Evenk Shaman's Tent
An interesting account of the history and meaning associated with the shaman tents built by the Evenks of the Stony Tunguska and Lower Tunguska rivers basin of Siberia. Includes a creation story about a titanic battle involving a mammoth and other creatures, which led to the formation of the region. Read the article from The Russia Journal blog. Submitted by Tim Flynn, Three-Year Program graduate, Santa Cruz, California.

NOTE: We invite you to submit news about shamanism for our readers. Please submit no more than a few brief paragraphs, including the source of the news item to the Editor.

Michael Harner
Michael Harner
My Path in Shamanism
An Interview with Michael Harner
Michael Harner describes his decades-long study and experience of shamanism, embodied in the development of Core Shamanism. Read the article. From Higher Wisdom by Roger Walsh and Charles S. Grob. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005

Note: Each issue we plan to post an article of interest on the website. Check the Articles section for several varied perspectives on shamanism and shamanic healing, many from past issues of Shamanism, the Foundation's scholarly journal -- one of the exclusive benefits received with an FSS membership.

Shamanic Healing and Allergies
I used to become devastated by hay fever symptoms right around late summer season and I would almost have to retreat from society until the frost came to the fields around town. Then, I began a long series of journeys to the spirits of key allergens to receive knowledge of what needs to shift in my life and my world in order to establish renewed, more amicable relations with the beings in spirit - pollens, microorganisms, and others. I have also journeyed to the spirits of standard western medical allergy relief medications and other types of medications for information on how to help them resonate most harmoniously with the soul of the person ingesting them and give better relief with fewer side effects. Since the shamanic journeying on this began, the hay fever symptoms have diminished to almost no trouble at all. For a several seasons I have barely noticed any allergy symptoms, even when the pollen counts are high. Any symptoms that do arise are mild and respond almost instantly to the simplest over-the-counter, old fashioned antihistamines. Submitted by Elizabeth Cunningham Perkins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (From a post on the FSS Members Forum, Shamanic Healing topic.)

NOTE: "Healing Words" contains helpful ideas and suggestions from shamanic healers. FSS presents them as a service to the shamanic community without endorsement; as always, each shamanic healer is responsible for using these ideas in a responsible and ethical manner. If you would like to submit a helpful tip, email the Editor. (No more than two succinct paragraphs, please.)

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