The Cedar Tree Institute oversees many ongoing projects and works in collaboration with local and regional groups year round. The Midsummer Celebration is a way to bring together all the people who help make these projects and initiatives happen.
from Indian Country Today June, 2013
A brief journey in the spirit world of the Innupiat
By Jon Magnuson
Innupiat Spirit Mask
The plane trip north from Seattle is always a memorable one, skirting along edges of jagged green forests, flying high over deep-blue emerald waters of the Inland Passage. We are now above the clouds as I page through a tattered copy of Anchorage, Alaska’s visitor’s guide, loaded with glossy back-country photographs, alluring images of glacial cruises, ads for world-class fishing resorts and weekend specials for upscale restaurants.
Beneath the surface of Alaska’s magnificent landscapes, her Arctic drilling controversies and media-blitzed Iditarod lie hidden worlds. Remnants of a fragile yet dynamic spiritual reality reside here, having sustained Native peoples who for thousands of years have lived on the edge of the Seward Peninsula. The history of the Innupiat is a saga riddled with the catastrophic impacts of acculturation, 20th century epidemics and the traumatic loss of traditional culture and values. It’s also a story of resiliency, economic savvy and precarious survival based on a spirituality that has sustained a 12,000-year-old subsistence culture. The state’s Department of the Interior identifies 11 distinct cultural groups, and 20 languages and dialects among its 120,000 identified Alaska Natives. Those of Innupiat and Yupik descent live mostly in communities scattered along the rim of Alaska’s Seward Peninsula and North Slope, a part of the world some geographers call the most physically inhospitable place on Earth.
THE IRON BUTTERFLY
A practice-oriented workshop based on research from mind/body medicine & athletic training addressing regulation of stress responses, including visualization techniques & key components contributing to peak performances mentally & physically.
As of April 15, our 10 person limit for this retreat has been reached and registration is now closed. Check back soon for information about next year’s Spirit of Place Kayak retreat and for early registering.
Each year, the Cedar Tree Institute hosts one or more Kayak Retreats. This year’s event is titled “Lake Superior: Water, Symbol, Soul” and will take place in August along 40 miles of remote Lake Superior shoreline. This retreat is limited to 10 persons, and the registration deadline is June 1st.
Last year’s Spirit of Place Kayak Retreat was full by mid April, so don’t procrastinate.
We’re making it easier than ever to join the adventure.
You can now register online.
Northern Michigan University Environment and Native American Students This Wednesday Join Debate Over Wolf Hunting in Michigan
(Marquette, MI) – For spiritual, religious, cultural, ecological and common sense reasons, two groups of Northern Michigan University students are hosting an anti-wolf hunt education and petition signing event this Wednesday to help put the issue before Michigan voters.
The “Wolf Hunt Petition Signing Night” is from 7-10 p.m. this Wed., Feb. 27, 2013 in Jamrich 103 on the NMU Campus sponsored by the NMU EarthKeepers II Student Team and the Native American Students Association (NASA).
Learn more at the official Earthkeepers II website
Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative Across the Upper Peninsula to Restore Native Plants and Protect the Great Lakes from Toxins and Airborne Mercury Under the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
The Earthkeepers II Initiative is sponsored by 10 U.P. Faith Communities and Assisted by Students at Northern Michigan University, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service and the Native American Communities of Northern Michigan
(Marquette, MI) – An Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative across the Upper Peninsula will be announced during a press conference at 11 a.m. ET this Friday (1-18-13) inside the Pavilion at Presque Isle Park in Marquette, Michigan.
The press conference will be hosted by the Northern Michigan University EarthKeepers II Student Team: Katelin Bingner, Tom Merkel and Adam Magnuson.
The NMU students are planning to (more…)