Reunion of the Condor and the Eagle and Other Indigenous Prophecies

Summer of Peace 2013 > Emerging Peace Story > Indigenous Wisdom
Broadcast on July 02, 2013
With Grandmother Mona Polacca & Lee Brown, Ph. D. & Elder Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Dr. Dave Courchene)

Grandmother Mona Polacca

Member of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers Council

Grandmother Mona Polacca​, a Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa elder, hold a Master's in Social Work and serves on several United Nations' committees on Indigenous people's issues. She's a featured author, speaker and educator on Indigenous people's human rights, aging, mental health, addiction, and violence. She is the president/CEO and faculty of the Turtle Island Project, a non-profit program that promotes a vision of wellness by providing transcultural training to individuals, families, and healthcare professionals.

According to Grandmother Mona, "Indigenous people have come through a time of great struggle, a time of darkness. Like the nature of a butterfly, in the cocoon, a place of darkness, the creature breaks down into a fluid, and then a transformation, takes place. When it is ready, and in its own time, it begins to move and develop a form that stretches and breaks away from this cocoon, and emerges into this world, into life, as a beautiful creature. We grandmothers, we have emerged from that darkness, see this beauty, see each other, and reach out to the world with open arms, love, hope, compassion, faith, and charity."

Lee Brown, Ph. D.

Coordinator of the Indigenous Doctoral Program, Executive Director of the Indigenous Institute of Aboriginal Health at UBC

Dr. Lee Brown is the coordinator of the Indigenous doctoral program in The Department of Educational Studies and executive director of the Indigenous Institute of Aboriginal Health at the University of British Columbia where he wrote his thesis entitled: Making the Classroom a Healthy Place: The Development of Affective Competency in Aboriginal Pedagogy. He is the Co-author of the Sacred Tree, an educational curriculum based in Aboriginal values and epistemology. He has been the keynote speaker at many Aboriginal conferences including the Awassis Education Conference held each year in Saskatoon. He has been invited to share his knowledge of culture and healing in over five hundred Indigenous communities in North America. Lee is a member of the Cherokee Nation and the Wolf Clan.

Elder Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Dr. Dave Courchene)

Knowledge Keeper and Founder of Turtle Lodge

Elder Dr. Dave Courchene, Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Leading Earth Man), has traveled internationally, carrying a message of hope and peace. Elder Dave shares ancient Indigenous knowledge that he believes can act as the foundation in supporting the new life that Mother Earth is now entering, and that the elders have confirmed has arrived. He has created a special place for sharing ancient Indigenous knowledge — the Turtle Lodge — built based on a vision he received many years ago. Indigenous people have always relied on visions and dreams to give guidance and direction in life. Dave was recently honored by Indigenous leaders and elders at the 2010 International Indigenous Leadership Gathering, and with a National Aboriginal Achievement (INDSPIRE) Award in Culture, Heritage & Spirituality, and the Volunteer Manitoba Award for Outstanding Community Leadership in 2012, for the work associated with his message and vision, including the work he has done inspiring young people.

His recent work has involved initiating International Roundtables Supporting Ancient Indigenous Knowledge at the Turtle Lodge (May 2010) and at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC (September 2010), which have been co-led by US Congressman Dennis Kucinich. He delivered the opening keynote and conducted the opening ceremonies at the 2010 G8 Summit on World Religions. In 2011, Dave shared the stage twice with the Dalai Lama to bring a message of peace in Newark, New Jersey and Monterrey, Mexico. In Spring 2011, Elder Dave initiated the Makoose Ka Win and the Vision Quest rites of passage to take young people of all cultures entering adulthood back to the land and the elders to find their uniqueness and promote peace.