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Cultural Workers, Resources

What is it that your village, your town, your community needs most to be in balance, for the community to be happy?  Who is it that they need? What information, processes, skills and abilities, ways of seeing, ways of being are needed most?

This page features people and organizations who do cultural and/or spiritual work in their communities, generally based on indigenous cultural traditions or modern outgrowths of those older, grounded, proven human traditions.  These important members of the global village help us address our projections for our best humanity, dealing profoundly with external oppressions and our inner challenges. These amazing activists, workers and healers are representative of the compassionate genius that is the direct outgrowth of our world's Ancestors.

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♦ Mary Ann Canty Merrill, Denver CO, USAmerica

Merrill Consulting Associates, LLC

MONTHLY WEBINARS: The Impact of Racism on Mental Health addresses the psychology of racism, misinformation related to racial history, individual and institutional socialization, social identity and inherited trauma, to support healing and understanding of issues across white, black and diverse populations.

The Co-Presenters are: Fannie LeFlore, MS, LPC, SAC, EAP—Developer and Lead Facilitator of Healing From Racism Programs, and a Writer/Editor, Psychotherapist and Social Entrepreneur. Email: admin@leflorecommunications.com.

Mary Ann Canty Merrill, PhD, Author, Editor, Speaker, Industrial & Organizational Psychologist, and President and Chief Operating Officer of Merrill Consulting Associates.

2018 RACE RELATIONS FORUM: Merrill Consulting Associates, dedicated to social justice, equality and viable solutions, is convening its first national conference, Race Talk: Examining Race, Improving Relations & Getting to Collective Impact, to be held at Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago, IL from May 24-27, 2018. The conference will assemble policy makers, thought leaders, advocates, educators, activists and learners from around the country to address critical issues, create change management plans and develop tangible tools and resources for implementation throughout our respective communities. For more information and to respond to A CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS, email: mcanty@merrillca.com

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Wyoma - Master Teacher and Healer 

Guiding deep self-connection and transformation

Dance, African Healing Dance, Yoga, Mind-Body Life Coaching

"Wyoma is a dance performance artist and teacher.  She is creator of the African healing dance and offers classes, workshops, and trainings in this holistic integrated model of movement and healing.  She is a consultant and advisor in the arts and has traveled and taught extensively in east, west, and south Africa.  For over 35 years, Wyoma has offered a huge creative canvas to explore the human and divine forces of nature through traditional African, Caribbean, and Brazilian dance.  Her mission has been the restoration, preservation, and maintenance of these rich African traditions.  Wyoma is a member of Sini Sanuman to help abolish FGM."

http://www.wyomadance.com/

Wyoma is a World Ancestor Concert Team Member

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♦ Langston Kahn, NYC NY, USAmerica

► Occupy Your Heart

http://www.occupy-your-heart.com/

"Langston Kahn is a shamanic practitioner specializing in emotional clearing and radical transformation. He stands firmly at the crossroads, his practice informed by the western modality of Inner Relationship Focusing, initiations into traditions of the African Diaspora, the contemporary shamanic tradition of The Last Mask Center and the guidance of his helping spirits and ancestors weaving it all together.

Langston has studied and facilitated Inner Relationship Focusing, developed by Ann Weiser Cornell for the last 8 years. He has completed 5 years of training with Christina Pratt in the Cycle of Transformation and also serves on the leadership council for the Last Mask Community, a community of contemporary people striving to live in alignment with ancient shamanic beliefs and principles in a way that answers the unique challenges of our time. Additionally, he holds initiations in several traditions of the African Diaspora.

He joyfully endeavors to bring spirituality out of the dark dusty recesses of esotericism and into our daily existence, where it can aid us in re-aligning with the ecstatic energy of our soul’s purpose and opening our hearts to create real lasting change. He firmly believes that no emotional wounds or trauma is beyond healing and is devoted to guiding adventurous souls in transmuting what has been poison in their lives into medicine for themselves and the world."

Langston Kahn on Co-Creator Radio Network

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♦ Quanita Roberson, Cincinnati OH, USAmerica

Soul Growing (on Facebook)

"Reclaiming humanity and growing the soul of self, community, and business."

Quanita is a World Ancestor Concert Team Member

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♦ New Orleans Healing Center, New Orleans Louisiana, USAmerica

New Orleans Healing Center logo

New Orleans Healing CenterHealing The Community Through Five Pillars Of Sustainability

"MISSION - To provide a holistic, safe, sustainable center that heals, fulfills and empowers the individual and the community by providing services and programs promoting physical, nutritional, emotional, intellectual, environmental, economic and spiritual well-being.

The New Orleans Healing Center is a community center like no other.  That’s because its purpose and operating principles are based on United Nations guidelines for sustainability.  Consequently, it is uniquely structured to be able to simultaneously help, heal, and empower individuals and surrounding neighborhoods at the economicsocialenvironmentalphysical/mental, and spiritual levels.

Front exterior day photograph of the New Orleans Healing Center

It does this by providing a base for small businesses and organizations to cater to the community, on the corner of St Claude and St Roch, bringing together the Riverside and Lakeside communities along the St Claude corridor.  The New Orleans Healing Center is not just a base for other organizations: it really is about healing. That’s why all of the businesses that are part of the healing center must agree to and sign onto a Credo that mandates a strong element of social responsibility and entrepreneurship."

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"Inspire a Girl, Empower a Nation"

  Zithande Africa Foundation:  "a humanitarian organization, which aims to give women and girls in war torn and poverty stricken countries, a sense of dignity and independence by providing them with products that they need for their daily survival. These kits are not only important to their well being, it is also a way to foster independence. We work to heal the immense trauma to the body, mind and spirit, of girls and women of war and poverty. At it's core essence, we are dedicated to peace, empowerment, and liberation of girls and women globally."

 

African women in Kenya assemble as part of Zithande Africa Foundation's program.
Image courtesy of Zithande Africa Foundation

 

"How Can You Help
Right now our substantial and most important needs, are financial contributions towards obtaining our start up costs, providing educational materials, conducting our empowerment educational workshops, and sending our emergency safety and hygiene kits. Due to space confinement and shipping costs, it is easier and more financially feasible for us to buy the items in bulk and assemble the kits ourselves. However if you choose to sponsor a woman or child, you can send a letter, a picture and any other item that you feel is appropriate, and we will make sure that particular safety kit, has your name and items included. You can make a a donation safely online using the PayPal link below. Every little bit helps, towards Saving the Lives of Women and Children of War and Extreme Poverty.  

 

African girls dancing in a sunlit indoor community space.
Image courtesy of Zithande Africa Foundation



Both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of our projects will be conducted in East Africa and South Sudan, where we feel there is the most urgent need, and dire conditions due to the current genocide taking place there. Phase 3, of our model project, is beginning in South Africa, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, in July 2016, where there is acute and critical need. Then, we will expand our projects to other war torn and poverty afflicted areas of Africa. For information on our newest and exciting arts programing projects in Uganda and Kenya, already underway as of July 2017, please visit our "Project Models" page."

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♦ The Warriors Organization

https://www.warriorsorganization.org/

"Tanzania was once populated by 120 cohesive tribes. Today, there are only five. Each seeks to preserve their culture while adapting to a challenging 21st century.

The Warriors Organization believes that survival of indigenous people is more likely if they work together to solve their common problems and that creating an educational resource center will facilitate this greater collaboration.

Warriors also believes that addressing the most immediate common problem of indigenous people – the historical lack of gender equality – should be a first step on the road to long-term survival.

To help accomplish this, Warriors will seek to enable these people to:

  • Empower Women
  • Educate Girls
  • Build Resources"

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♦ Green Cross Sweden

"Green Cross International bildades1993 i Kyoto, Japan och grundades av Nobels fredspristagare Michail Gorbatjov. Green Cross är en politiskt och religiöst obunden organisation som finns i 30 länder världen över. Organisationens verksamhet definieras inom området miljösäkerhet som förenar freds-, säkerhets- och miljöfrågor. Green Cross uppdrag är att möta relaterade utmaningar inom områden som säkerhet, fattigdom och miljöförstöring för att säkerställa en hållbar och trygg framtid.

Green Cross främjar juridiska, etiska och beteendemässiga normer för att förändra grundläggande värderingar, handlingar och attityder inom regeringar, den privata sektorn och det civila samhället. Green Cross bidrar till att förebygga och lösa konflikter till följd av miljöförstöring och stödjer människor som drabbats av miljömässiga konsekvenser av krig, konflikter och katastrofer orsakade av människan. Green Cross söker lösningar genom dialog, medling och samarbete över samhällssektorer och nationsgränser. Green Cross arbetar för ett helhetsperspektiv på miljösäkerhet."

Translated with Google Translate: "Green Cross International 

Green Cross International was founded in Kyoto in Japan in 1997, and was founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Michail Gorbatjov. Green Cross is a politically and religiously unified organization located in 30 countries worldwide. The organization's activities are defined in the field of environmental security that combines peace, security and environmental issues. Green Cross's mission is to meet related challenges in areas such as security, poverty and environmental degradation to ensure a sustainable and secure future.

Green Cross promotes legal, ethical and behavioral norms to change basic values, actions and attitudes within governments, the private sector and civil society. Green Cross helps prevent and resolve conflicts due to environmental degradation and supports people affected by the environmental impact of war, conflicts and disasters caused by human beings. Green Cross seeks solutions through dialogue, mediation and cooperation across societal and national borders. Green Cross works for an overall perspective on environmental safety."

http://green-cross.se/

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♦ Green Belt Movement

"Who We Are

The Green Belt Movement (GBM) is an environmental organization that empowers communities, particularly women, to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods. GBM was founded by Professor Wangari Maathai in 1977 under the auspices of the National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK) to respond to the needs of rural Kenyan women who reported that their streams were drying up, their food supply was less secure, and they had to walk further and further to get firewood for fuel and fencing. GBM encouraged the women to work together to grow seedlings and plant trees to bind the soil, store rainwater, provide food and firewood, and receive a small monetary token for their work.

Our Vision

A values-driven society of people who consciously work for continued improvement of their livelihoods and a greener, cleaner world.

Our Mission

We strive for better environmental management, community empowerment, and livelihood improvement using tree-planting as an entry point."

 http://www.greenbeltmovement.org/

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♦ Odlum Center

St. Mary’s School, Yala Kenya

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/odlum.odlum?fref=ts

Work - +25-471-235-5417

Odlum.houseofgrass  (Skype)

Also, contact Miyere Miyandazi on Facebook

"Odlum (“House of Grass”) is a global village in a rural part of western Kenya. In response to the groaning of an ailing world we are looking to create a place of peace, healing, sharing, and connection in Yala. We want to take the village to the world and bring the world to our village. It is also the intention to show that meaningful contributions to change do not only have to happen in the major cities of the world. It is only through a single sense of humanity that we will be able to make dent in those things that face us as the human family.

What is Odlum?

Odlum Cultural Skills Institute – the “House of Grass”, a centre of learning, growth, and change for so-called street children from across Africa.

Our belief is that every person has something to offer in this world. Now we are making a call to those willing hearts and hands to join us by bringing their creative abilities.

We welcome any opportunity to engage, partner, and share in the hope of growing a human conversation where we are all teachers and students.

Odlum Children's Cultural Festival flyer, 2015
Odlum Yala Festival flyer 2015

It takes a GLOBAL village to raise a child…”

In order to raise a child, one needs to nurture a village. Living in the “global village”, we need to look beyond space and place to find solutions to shared challenges.

Odlum hopes to partner with the global village to realise its aims. Together, in partnership, anything is possible."

 https://www.facebook.com/odlum.odlum

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Please check back soon.  

More Cultural Resources for the Global Village coming in the near future.

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♦ If you know of a cultural worker, resource or organization from anywhere across the Global Village that you think should be shared on a page like this, please let us know.  Connect with us on our Contact Us page or chat us up on our  Facebook page.

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As much as we would love to be able to provide a greater number of resources from around the world, that is a project that would be massive and somewhat difficult for us.  Being grounded and actively connected in your communities, towns and villages is the best way to find these very helpful people.

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“If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain.

If you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees.

If you want a hundred years of prosperity, grow people.”

– Chinese proverb