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No! to Exploitation of Native American Spirituality Palm Springs, CA 2/26

by AIM-Southern Cal Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Cultural Misappropriation must be stopped.

No! to Exploitation ...
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It's important for everyone to stand up and say no to the exploitation of Native American Spirituality!

"When I hear the term 'spirituality' I know that something is being packaged up for white folks to take over and export, so I say 'religion,' not spirituality."

---- Vine Deloria

___________________________________

This is a grassroots effort. A number of groups and individuals are co-ordinating this action. Please share with your friends and networks of people who oppose racist cultural misappropriation. Stop the “PRETENDIANS”!

Please join us in this COMMUNITY ACTION! in Palm Springs

Palm Springs Convention Center

277 N Avenida Caballeros

Palm Springs CA 92262

to confront and shut down a fake spiritual leader Keisha Crowther- known as "the youngest Shaman in tribal history 'LITTLE GRANDMOTHER' , thirty year old Lakota Sioux Healer Keisha Crowther"

http://2lifethemovie.com/2009.08.16_arch.html

Some information on CROWTHER-

two youtube that offers some information on her:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEAHNgpe7kY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiGca5wYakI&NR=1&feature=fvwp

"The Culture and Elders Committee of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation protect the intangible cultural resources of the tribes including language, songs, stories etc.

"No tribal Elders or elders have met with nor do they condone the claims and actions made by Kiesha Crowther.

"She is not their 'shaman', she has no right to claim this title and the Elders and elders of CSKT of the Flathead Reservation would like her to cease and desist immediately from making such false claims that erode the traditions that members of the CSKT Culture and Elders Committee are trying to preserve."

The posting of this statement came with the permission and urging of the Salish elders. Anyone doubting this message's authenticity can contact the Flathead Reservation.

Contact the people on the Flathead Reservation: http://www.cskt.org/about/contactus.htm

from http://www.newagefraud.org/smf/index.php?topic=3055.0

Here is a video from an Oglala ("Sioux") woman with the statement, juxtaposed with Crowther's claims to be from the Flathead Reservation, and her claims she was "made the shaman over the Sioux and Salish": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juoD2CdHBAM&feature=player_embedded

The facts:

her false and hurtful claims of having been "made shaman of the Sioux and Salish tribes", and the statements from the Salish and Kootenai tribes disavowing any knowledge of, or association with her.

Her appropriation of Native American cultural imagery , i.e. the use of the pipe, her manner of dress and the language she uses.

OUR SPIRITUALITY IS NOT TO BE USED AS A MARKETING GIMMICK TO LET FRAUDS PROFIT FROM- while our people starve and freeze to death on their homelands….



Prophet's conference

Kiesha Crowther is scheduled to appear at

"The Prophets Conference"

http://greatmystery.org/events/ps2011location.html



Where: Palm Springs, California

Friday, Saturday February 26th 2011

BE THERE AT 8am

Palm Springs Convention Center

277 N Avenida Caballeros

Palm Springs CA 92262

Toll Free: 800-333-7535

Phone: 760-325-6611

http://www.palmspringscc.com/cn/events?ls=12412

Crowther is scheduled to present workshops on

Saturday, Feb 26th, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM

and again on

Tuesday, March 1st, from 1:00 to 3:30 PM.

The costs for attending the workshops for Ms. Crowther are .00 for Saturday, and 0.00 for Tuesday. The price for the entire conference is 5.00

________________________________________________________

Official Statement from Salish Elders Regarding Kiesha Crowther

"The Culture and Elders Committee of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation protect the intangible cultural resources of the tribes including language, songs, stories etc.

"No tribal Elders or elders have met with nor do they condone the claims and actions made by Kiesha Crowther.

"She is not their 'shaman', she has no right to claim this title and the Elders and elders of CSKT of the Flathead Reservation would like her to cease and desist immediately from making such false claims that erode the traditions that members of the CSKT Culture and Elders Committee are trying to preserve."

The posting of this statement came with the permission and urging of the Salish elders. Anyone doubting this message's authenticity can contact the Flathead Reservation.

For more information on Fake Shaman and Plastic Medicine People-

http://dontpaytopray.bravehost.com/

for more information on AIM SB/AIM SoCalifornia

www.aimsb.org

Refuse, Resist, and Reject anyone that exploits our sacred sites, people and ceremonies for a little attention, money or a piece of ass

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