In partnership with UNESCO and notable charities, ICV is pleased to announce the Four Pillars Ceremonial Visit to restore and rebalance Sacred Sites in North America. Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime journey with the Kogi Mamos and Otomi Shamans as we travel to Virginia, Colorado and California to deliver an urgent message to “Younger Brother.”

 
 
 
The story goes that the Kogi are the last native people of the Western Hemisphere still maintaining a pure Pre-Columbian culture. When Europeans invaded their territory on the Northern coast of South America, the Kogi retreated further and further into the inaccessible Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains in Colombia.

The oral traditions of the Kogi tell of Conquistadors pillaging their gold and enslaving their ancestors, of their abandoning coastal towns and retreating ever higher into the hills, of their forests being hewn into farms and plantations, then the farms eroding into desert. In modern times, the Kogi withdrew further still from murderous cocaine cartels. Today, the Kogi see the snow caps above them shrinking. The weather itself is changing, the life-giving snowmelt diminishes, and finally, there is nowhere to go.

For centuries, the Kogi, a secretive people living high on the rugged slopes of a mountain in Colombia, had remained out of contact until it become clear to the Elders that “Younger Brother’ has created potential existential threats for all: climate change.
 
 
 

 
 
 
Breaking tradition, the Kogi will travel to the United States, from Virginia to Colorado, and then onto California. An ancient people, living ancient ways, but capable of sophisticated and long-range thinking, the Kogi will now travel a long distance on a historic journey to deliver an urgent message to its Younger Brothers: we are killing Mother Earth, and we must change our life-ways or disaster lies ahead for all of us.

 
 
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“We have always cared for this place but Younger Brother destroyed it. He has been destroying everything. The world is our mother. If we destroy her, where will we live? It’s almost the end of the world. That’s why we need to show you all of this.”

 – Mama Shibulata

 
 
 
 
In 1992, the Kogi broke their silence and allowed a small BBC film crew into their isolated mountaintop villages to hear their message and warning to Younger Brother, as relayed in the documentary, “The Heart of the World: Elder Brother’s Warning.”

In 2012, the Kogi broke their silence again with a second movie – “Aluna” – in which they proved their knowledge of the cosmos.
 
 
 

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Four Pillars Ceremonial Visit

The focus of the Four Pillars Ceremonial Visit is to restore and rebalance Sacred Sites in North America. First, the Elders will perform ritual in Independence, Virginia at the New River, which is the oldest river in the Western Hemisphere and possibly the oldest river in the world. Next, the Kogi Mamos from Colombia and the Otomi Shamans from Mexico will travel to the Four Corners and Crestone in Colorado for ceremony. The visit will culminate in San Francisco, California with the Elders’ participation in the Global Climate Action Summit, which is being co-sponsored by the United Nations and many environmental NGOs. Governors Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg are chairing the event, which is intended to provide confidence to other governments that the U.S. is committed to addressing and remediating global climate change.
 
 
 


 
 

 
Agenda
2018 Original Caretakers Visit Schedule    
DATE TIME
New River Ceremonies & Offering
9/4 Afternoon Arrive at Charlotte, North Carolina, travel to Independence, Virginia
9/5 Morning Ceremony on the New River  
  Afternoon Ceremony at Mt. Rogers  
  Evening Kogi Kiva Opening Ceremony  
9/6 Morning Tour of Charlotte Hanes' Farm  
  4:00 p.m. Ceremony at Peace Pole Medicine Wheel  
  5:00 p.m. Fundraiser at Peace Pentagon  
9/7 10:00 a.m. Depart from Charlotte, NC, travel to Denver, Colorado
 
2018 Original Caretakers Visit Schedule    
DATE TIME
Four Corners Ceremonies & Offering
9/7 2:00 p.m. Arrive at Denver, Colorado, travel to Loveland, Colorado
  4:00 p.m. Tour of Sunrise Ranch and Dinner Reception  
9/8 8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Sunrise Ranch  
  9:00 a.m. Depart from Loveland, Colorado, travel to Crestone, Colorado
  1:00 p.m. Ceremony at Mt. Blanca  
  4:00 p.m. Ceremony at Sand Dunes  
  6:00 p.m. Sage Restaurant  
9/9 Morning Ceremony at Hanne's Indigenous Center  
  Afternoon Crestone Leadership Conference  
9/10 All-Day VIP Meeting at Crestone Leadership Conference  
9/11 8:00 a.m. Travel by Automobile from Crestone, Colorado to Santé Fe, New Mexico
  11:00 a.m. Manhattan Project Blessing  
  Afternoon Depart from Santé Fe, New Mexico, travel to San Francisco, California
   
2018 Original Caretakers Visit Schedule    
DATE TIME
Global Climate Action Summit
9/12   Interfaith Processional at Grace Cathedral  
9/13   Lunch with Bill McKibben  
9/12   Elders Travel Home  

 

 

 
Our Project Partners and Affiliated Partners

For this project, ICV is partnering with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and the inspirational team of charities highlighted below.
 
 
Forum 21 Institute has a mission to promote a conscious world for all by bringing people together from diverse beliefs and backgrounds, including science, religion, education, and politics, to share their wisdom, discover common goals and co-create solutions for the many challenges society faces. The vision of the Forum 21 Institute is to realize a harmonious, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world based on ethical and spiritual values. The organization’s vision elaborates on what the organization likes to call a “U-turn” in the consciousness of humankind across the myriad elements of society whether that be politics, economics, science, education, agriculture, and other disciplines. This vision also describes the current paradigm shift as a mountain (society) with various paths (the sectors of society) ascending (evolving) toward the summit (Source). In other words, everything is returning and converging to its origin. The Forum 21 Institute is a “Forum of the 21st Century” where leaders of science, spirituality (values and ethics) and other fields can gather and share their expertise and wisdom to help facilitate this U-turn and paradigm shift.

 
 
McCollum Foundation for Peace is dedicated to creating a better world. The mission of the organization is to create world peace on a universal scale through promoting a meta-narrative which establishes everyone and everything as equally sacred and essential, all sentient and non-sentient beings as family, and all needs, dreams and desires being met by empowering individuals and organizations to live this narrative. The McCollum Foundation believes this holistic vision can be achieved through fostering interfaith understanding and cooperation, and ending religious discrimination, for all spiritualities offer wisdom. Therefore, all people of the world should be honored as brothers and sisters.

 
 
 
The Oracle Institute is an educational charity dedicated to the conscious evolution of humanity. Oracle operates an award-winning publishing house, a multi-faith spirituality school, a peacebuilding practice, and a micro-community for cultural creatives. Oracle studies the nexus between religion, politics, and civil rights, exposing outdated doctrine so that humanity may collectively progress into the 21st Century. Currently, Oracle is building the “Peace Pentagon,” a retreat and resource center for organizing social justice campaigns and global peacebuilding efforts. Oracle also manages the Peace Pentagon HUB, a regional networking site for social progressives in and around the Nation’s Capital. Oracle Campus is located along the New River – the oldest river in the Western Hemisphere – in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia.

 
 
 
Center for Earth Ethics (CEE) is a forum for education, public discourse and movement building that draws on faith and wisdom traditions to address our ecological crisis and it’s root causes. CEE regards our climate change as the consequence of a deeper malady: an economic development model that exploits people and nature for short-term financial gain. CEE cultivates the public consciousness necessary to make changes in policy and culture that will establish a new paradigm based on the sustained well-being of all people and our planet. Founded at Union Theological Seminary in 2015, the Center builds on Union’s broad ecumenical base and long-standing commitment to social justice.


 
 

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“When I was a child all the peaks were covered in snow. Everything was white. Look at it. Just look at it. The lakes up here are drying out as the lagoons below are drying out. The water has been sucked away and now the rivers become dry.”

 – Mama Shibulata