2010 council
6th Annual Wisdom Keeper & Youth Council
August 4 - 8, Deer Mountain

(6 Tz'ikin - 10 Kawok)


Our mission is to connect people to the natural and spiritual world, 

and to bridge the wisdom of the Ancient Ones with the world of today

so that the diversity of life can flourish for future generations.



Wisdom Keeper & Youth Video 
Remember how to live as one, close to the earth with 
reverence for all life during this five-day ceremonial council.  

Tata Erick  
" It is important to close the gap between humans by gathering the elders and youth in council. When we join the wisdom that the elders carry with the yearning that the youth are experiencing, both are fed, and the circle rejoices through this sacred connection."


         Tata OmeAkaEhekatl Erick Gonzalez

     Spiritual Leader of Earth Peoples United



Secure your space by registering below!


Youth- be sure to take advantage of our special youth price, we need your presence!



The 6th Annual Wisdom Keeper & Youth Council includes Ceremonies and  Teachings from Wisdom Keepers from all over of the world.  We're grateful to welcome the following spiritual leaders to Deer Mountain this year:


Tata Polo


Tata Apolinario Chile Pixtun- 
Head of the Mayan Confederation 
Head of the Mayan Confederation of Council of Elders
  Achi Ijatz, Apolinario Chile Pixtun, is Kaqchikel Maya from Guatemala. He is the Head Coordinator of the Great Confederation of Councils of Principal Mayan Ajq'ijib' (Spiritual Leaders) of the Original Mayan Peoples of Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico, coordinating over ninety Councils. He is an elder Carrier of the Staff of the Mayan Prophesies and Minister of the Staffs of the Sacred Mayan Circle, through the Staff in Washington D.C., United States.
Bobby Lake
Bobby Lake-Thom -
Medicine Grizzly Bear 
Traditional Native Healer


Bobby Lake-Thom Medicine Grizzly Bear is a traditional Native Healer from northwestern California, half Karuk, part Seneca, Cherokee, and (part Anglo) and is an author and was a professor of Native American Studies for over 20 years. He was taught and trained by numerous Native medicine men/women, Native ceremonial leaders, and Tribal Religious leaders


Hua Anwa 

Hua Anwa- 

Metis Elder 


          Clan Mother Hua Anwa is a Metis Elder and teacher of mixed Mayan and Cherokee descent. She is an adopted Chumash who has been leading ceremony on the Central Coast of California for nearly thirty years. She is the Spiritual Leader of Circles of Empowerment, a Native American inspired Medicine Way.




Abba Liban Debassah Guyo - 

Oromo Elder   


 Keeper of the oral histories of the Oromo/Borana people of East Africa. A highly respected seer and mystic and inheritor of a family lineage that preserves the Oromo's knowledge.  Originally from Ethiopia, Dabassah established a school in Kenya to preserve Oromo wisdom and tradition. 



Nana Amalia

 Nana Amalia Tun Chinico - 

Mayan Priestess


  Nana Amalia is a Mayan Spiritual Guide from 

Guatemala who works with the Ancestral Medicines. 

She also teaches about the environment and 

works to preserve Sacred Sites. 




Kawennakon Bonnie Whitlow -

Mohawk Bear Clan Language Keeper


Kawennakon Bonnie Whitlow, Mohawk Bear Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territories, is a Mohawk Language Instructor at Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa, the Adult Mohawk Immersion program at the Six Nations reservation, and she recently developed a Mohawk language nest for young children. She has also worked with Cayuga elders in her community dedicated to sharing Haudenosaunee cultural ways and teachings with all people to reconnect with their cultural identity.



Rod McAfee- Rod McAfee

Akimel O'odham (Pima) elder


Raised "by the desert" on his Arizona reservation, Rod McAfee witnessed the assimilation of most of his family by Western religions, education, and culture, and still retained his native language and beliefs.  He is intimately connected to the original medicine of water.  A former drug and alcohol counselor for the Native American Rehabilitation Association, Rod is a pipe  carrier and active in ceremonies throughout the United States.             

Patrick Scott

  Patrick Scott

  Traditional Navajo Artist 


 Born in Tuba City, AZ and raised at White Mesa, Patrick Scott  is of the Bitterwater Clan. Raised very traditionally, Patrick did  not speak any English until he  was introduced to the boarding  school system at age seven. His creations can be found in  permanent collections of major museums as well as galleries  and private collections that span the globe.  His ceremonial  prayer fans, gourd rattles, staff sets and drumsticks are  valued by the Native American community for use in their own  tribal ceremonies, healing rituals and other religious purposes.


Juan Salazar

Juan Rafael Arteaga Salazar  

Spiritual name Ehecatl-Quetzalcoatl-    

Mexica Elder    


Juan Rafael Arteaga Salazar has been a Conchero   Dancer (Traditional Aztec Dance) since 1989 and member   of the Council of Elders of Tenochtitlan (2004) whose   mission is  to restore and preserve the ancient Aztec   knowledge.  He  was responsible for lighting the sacred fire   in Tenochtitlan in  2004, and in Tlatelolco in 2005. 

He was a collaborator for the spiritual unification between   México and Spain (1991), and he promoted the gathering   between groups that have kept the ancient knowledge between Mexico and Spain. 

 His  paternal ancestors are the Basque people, and his maternal ancestors are the Aztec and Purepechas indigenous people from Mexico.  



Sweet MedicineSweet Medicine Nation-

 Delegate for the Indigenous Congress of the Americas


Sweet Medicine Nation is a gifted healer, artist, educator, singer, author and storyteller who shares her lessons with passion, kindness, eloquence, wisdom, and humor, awakening us to the sacred realities present everywhere. She lectures and conducts workshops worldwide on cultural anthropology and comparative religions symbology. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Four Winds Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and sustainability of Native Ways within our world family. Of Chickasaw/Choctaw descent, Sweet Medicine is honored as a Delegate for the Indigenous Congress of the Americas.

Whitewolf Switzer

Welsh-American Healer


Whitewolf  is a spiritual healer, singing doctor and herb gatherer, and practices polarity therapy and therapeutic massage in cooperation with medical professionals and American Indian tribal health programs.  He has worked throughout California and traveled abroad to England, Ireland and Wales to teach Polarity healing.  Whitewolf co-taught Spiritual Healing with the Rev. Marion Butler of Ystradgynlais, Wales. Through long association with various Native American Medicine people, Whitewolf is a Ritual Elder with great knowledge and understanding in the ways of the sweat lodge ceremony.  Whitewolf resides near Clearlake, California. 


TahnaghaTahnahga Myers Mohawk & Adopted Anishinabe Medicine Woman 

Tahnahga Myers is a Taino, Mohawk woman who was adopted into the Anishinabe way by a medicine woman of the Midwest.  For 23 years, Tahnahga was an apprentice with this teacher Grandmother Keewaydinoquay, an Anishinaabeg Elder of the Crane Clan and a scholar, ethno-botanist, herbalist, medicine woman, teacher, and author.  Tahnahga also earned a degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with an emphasis on chemical dependency and traditional healing methods for Native people.  Tahnahga's work comes from her deep sense of her identity as a Native woman.  She uses her ancestral teachings to work for peace, comfort, growth, and healing.


Others that will be joining us include: 

Washoe Wisdom Keeper - Renee Smokey


Event Details: 
Secure your place in this year's Council:

youth in ceremony 


Montague, California (one hour north of Mt. Shasta), Kalpull Kiej Juyu-Deer Mountain Healing Center.  



Rustic camping style - tents, outdoor showers, camp kitchen, and outhouses. Bring your own camping gear!  Contact us if you need to rent a tent or sleeping bag.


Participant Fees      

$795. Late registration after July 27th - $895

Fees include food, camp, ceremonies and honorarium to Elders.
Youth price: $200 (children 13 & under are free) 


Important Info!              

Arrive between noon- 4 pm on 8/4 .  Closing circle at noon on Monday 8/8  followed by clean-up and packing for departure.  Participants will be expected to be part of the entire event. 

We cannot accommodate late arrival or early departure dates.  



Limited number of work-trade positions available, ($300-350 sliding scale). 



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With Love,

Earth Peoples United
Tinamit Junan Uleu