EARTH DAY FOUNDER
HONORED IN SANTA BARBARA
Castaneda, a unity leader of the Coastal Band of the
Chumash, was honored by Olympic Skier Suzy "Chapstick"
April 18, in Santa Barbara for being a founder of Earth Day. Earth
and dancers, singers, drummers from other tribes and cultures
Akima in a spirited opening prayer to the Four Directions at the
Gardens of the court house.
Bill Avilez and Apesanahkwat, former Chairman of Menomenee Tribe
dancing at Santa Barbara's Earth Day.
told Castaneda as she presented him with a huge red heart
full of chocolates, "On behalf of Mother Earth and all Her
Creatures, I want to honor you, as well as the people of Santa
for being a founder of Earth Day in 1970." "When oil
showed up seeking food on the football field at our junior high
after Santa Barbara's oil spill in 1969, I knew I had to do something,"
is an example of how youth can be so powerful in deciding
your future," said Chaffee, a co-founder of Native American Olympic Team Foundation
(NVF), a partnership of US Tribal leaders and Olympians to help
preserve Nature's playgrounds for future generations. "Children
become the environmental teachers for the family. Each of us have
unique gift to give back to the greater good, and that's what
feel great inside. In the eyes of Creator, you're bigger than
Spears," said Akima who went on to star in Hidalgo, Dr. Quinn
Medicine Woman and Comedy Central's "That's My Bush."
of Santa Barbara's Earth Day, Sky Bear, Jeanette, and Solange
Acosta Aguilar, Akima Castaneda, Suzy Chaffee, Christie Pierson,
Mary Piller, and CEC's Antara Blasius
Earth singers like
Christie Pierson and Blue Wolf, a popular Chumash
Storyteller, along with the non-profits protecting the Whales,
were brought together by the Community Environmental Council.
was also supported by local businesses, such as Fess Parker's
Double Tree Inn (Davy Croquett supported tribes in Congress).
highlight of the day was nine year old Solange Acosta Aguilar
an Apache-Philipino. With her mom Jeanette at her side, she
delivered a State of Earth Message, a cry from Mother Earth and
the Santa Barbara community, including its
enlightened stars like her friend, the late Lloyd Bridges, "for
its natural beauty and integrity. It's also beautiful how you
recognized the contributions of the Chumash in being the First
Caretakers who kept this region pristine for the last 12,000 years.
tribes are America's Treasures, who carry the wisdom and values
need again to survive and thrive. "
ceremonies remind us of our ancient European earth-honoring
ancestors. In visiting my English roots near Glastonbury and
Stonehenge, I met a Druid-in-training, and found out they are
we can reconnect with them on www.druidry.com. And thanks to Mary
Piller, a Viking who is helping NVF organize a celebrity ski event
season honoring the Washoe and Paiutes at Tahoe's Heavenly Valley,
I learned that the Vikings, like Jesus, Moses and the Hebrew Essenes
and Native Americans... all used the same sacred Four Directions
Prayer. We are all one!" said Suzy.
NVF: 970-9225406, email@example.com,