Are You Teaching Native American Spiritual Practices?
Our programs are rooted in nature-based wisdom common to all our ancestors, including indigenous European, Asian and African cultures. Jeff's own ancestors are from the Celtic tribes of central Europe and the Anglo-Celtic Isles. He does not claim American Indian heritage, and he does not have a grandmother who was a Cherokee princess.
Much can be learned from Native American wisdom. But non-Indians have done a lot of harm misappropriating Native American culture. So Jeff has worked hard to learn from indigenous elders willing to share their traditional ways with him. These include spiritual leaders of the Oglala Lakota people in South Dakota, First Nation Cree elders in Canada, the Quechua Taita Iachak of South America (Peru), the Cherokee path of his first teacher Mikkal, and the modern Mexican Toltec system.
The purpose of our programs is not to "play Indian". We do not teach native American spiritual practices or charge fees for sacred ceremony, sweat lodges, or blessings. Rather the purpose of our programs is to reconnect human beings with nature and the sacred things we all share: the heart, the earth, and the Spirit world. So we learn the earth-honoring wisdom shared by all of our ancestors, around the world: how to open our hearts, and walk a good path that honors the Creator and Mother Earth. Anyone with an open heart and respect for other traditions is welcome at our programs at Great Plains.
Every human being, regardless of culture or bloodline, comes from indigenous ancestors somewhere on the living earth. Every human being has a responsibility to honor the Creator and protect the Earth Mother.
This is what I have learned from my indigenous brothers and sisters. I am deeply grateful for their teachings.