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888 Broadway, New York, New York 10003
Women's Sundance: Land Sovereignty for Lakota Ceremony, Activism & Ecological Healing with Beverly LittleThunder and Kunsi Keya Tamakoce
Beverly LittleThunder, respected Unci (Grandmother) of the Standing Rock Lakota and SunDance leader of Kunsi Keya Tamacoke (Grandmother Turtle Land), and author of the memoir One Bead At A Time, offers an evening of teachings on Lakota spirituality, successes of the Standing Rock occupation, the intertribal LGBTQIA movement, and indigenous land sovereignty for social and environmental justice.
The program also includes a community blessing with veteran SunDance sisters Vanessa Tricoche and Tania Romero.
Kunsi Keya Tamakoce is dedicated to sharing the traditional teachings and sacred ceremonies of the Lakota people in order to support the health and well-being of the earth and all who live here. Kunsi Keya utilizes the Lakota model of community-building to cultivate a deep connection to the earth, empowers women to reclaim their role as wise leaders, and creates a framework for future generations to realize the importance of living in harmony with the natural world. Proceeds from this event will secure Kunsi Keya Tamacoke's land conservation acreage as a place for ceremony and teaching for all peoples dedicated to protecting the earth.
Beverly LittleThunder is a member of the Standing Rock band of the Lakota, a Native American reservation in North Dakota. A Two Spirit mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a lifelong activist, Beverly was in the American Indian Movement, and continues to fight for human rights, as well as racial and social justice. After being turned away from her people in 1986 when she first came out, Beverly became an outspoken advocate for LGBTQIA visibility and respect. She believes that no one should have to give up their spirituality for their sexuality. For the last 30 years she has led an all women's ceremony in the sacred Lakota tradition of Sundance. Women from all nationalities, tribes, and sexual identities, gather together for eight days to pray for the people, the environment and for our future generations. Beverly also travels domestically and internationally to share teachings about Sundance and Lakota culture, and enjoys speaking to youth of all ages to dispelling myths about Indigenous history.
Vanessa Tricoche is an Afro Taina Boricua, community educator, and artist who has been working in the not-for-profit sector for over two decades. A strong believer in the power of community prayer, she has been part of Kunsi Keya Tamakoce for 19 years. Vanessa is grateful for the teachings of Unci Beverly LittleThunder, her daughter Lushanya Echeverria, and the Sisterhood of women from all directions who have entrusted her with the honor to SunDance and pour Inipi (sweat lodges) for the people. She is also a healing circle facilitator trained at Casa Atabex Ache, a ritualist, a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, and a certified holistic health counselor.
Tania Romero is a holistic healer, ceremonial womxn, herbalist, social worker, educator, and activist of Taino and Inca descent. With over 15 years experience in Indigenous ceremony and community healing, and 10 years with Kunsi Keya Tamakoce, Tania sees her professional work and spiritual path as a decolonizing politics of reclaiming ancestral traditions. She is a healing circle facilitator, a graduate of Sacred Vibes Apothecary, and is a founding member of the Circle of Traditional Health Promoters, a womxn’s collective dedicated to sharing Indigenous medicine and earth-based spirituality. Tania is honored to be guided by Unci Beverly LittleThunder, her daughter Lushanya, and head SunDancer Kaweah Lemeshewsky, and is humbled to pray for the healing of Mother Earth, the preservation of Lakota traditions, and the sacred land of Kunsi Keya Tamakoce.