True Saga Commemorates an Epic American Spiritual Quest

Twenty years have come and gone, and thus I am moved to acknowledge and commemorate a great adventure for our era, and the telling of the true tale of that adventure as Odyssey of the 8th Fire. The 8th Fire saga tells the real story of a great, long prayer walk in 1995-96 from the […] Read more »

Twenty Years Ago – Thanksgiving Day, 1995

November 24, 1995 – A band of pilgrims gathered at First Encounter Beach on Cape Cod Massachsetts with Grandfather William Commanda and Frank Decontie of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, and Jose’ Lucero of the Santa Clara Pueblo. In a circle around the roaring ceremonial fire on the beach, the pilgrims vowed to begin a prayer […] Read more »

Step by Step Along the Mississippi River

“What they greatly thought, they nobly dared.” – Homer, the Odyssey Right now a small band of women from the Ojibwe native nation is walking in prayer from the source of the Mississippi river at Lake Itasca in the North, to the point where the great river spills into the sea at the Gulf of Mexico. […] Read more »

New ebook: Tales of the Whirling Rainbow

  I’m pleased to announce that I’ve written and published a new book Tales of the Whirling Rainbow: Myths & Mysteries for Our Times. The book is my account of some of the key myths and mysteries of the Americas, and an exploration of how those myths are echoed in real time. The true stories […] Read more »

A Circle of All Nations, A Culture of Peace

My old friend and teacher, Grandfather William Commanda, Ojigkwnong, now age 95, will soon have another vital meeting with officials of the Canadian Government concerning his vision for Victoria Island (Asinabka). Like the other key visions which have punctuated Grandfather’s life, the vision for an international healing center at Victoria Island has profound global importance. […] Read more »

R.I.P. Leon Secatero

by Steven McFadden Grandfather Leon Secatero, 65 Headman, Canoncito Band of Navajo, widely respected native elder, a founder of Spiritual Elders of Mother Earth died on Sunday, September 28, 2008. Services were held each day, concluding Thursday, October 2, 2008 at To’hajiilee-Canoncito, NM. I remember Grandfather Leon as a true spiritual elder — calm, wise, […] Read more »

R.I.P. Beth Gray, Reiki Master

Dear Reiki friends, I recently received the email pasted below from Kathelin Gray, a dear friend with a base here in Santa Fe. Her father, John Harvey Gray, is one of my Reiki teachers, and her mother, Beth Gray, has been a well-known and well-loved Reiki teacher and spiritual adviser for many long years. She […] Read more »

Hocokat-Ton-Yan Wicozanni — Healing in a Circle

Basil Braveheart (Cante Tinza), an Oglala Lakota elder, plans to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico the weekend of February 10-12, 2006 to conduct Hocokat-Ton-Yan Wicozanni (Healing in a Circle). I spoke with Mr. Braveheart by phone a couple of days before his visit. He told me that while he is in New Mexico he will […] Read more »