To create joyful unity through sports and education to help heal Mother Earth for our children, including through the Olympics. By inviting Native Americans back to their majestic ancestral mountains for skiing and honoring celebrations, the wisdom of Native Voices is again being heard clear and strong. Through creating a bridge between our co-existent but different cultures that have different values and priorities, we enrich each other, and create mutual respect and appreciation through skiing, cultural ceremonies, travel, and good times. High risk snow sports at ski resorts build health, self-esteem, leadership skills and bonding friendships, in addition to making educational, job and career opportunities more accessible outside the reservation.
2013 NATIONAL INTERVENTION TOUR TO EXTEND THE FUTURE OF SNOW
“NAOTF has the best way to start a dialogue between our cultures I’ve seen. I hope that all the U.S. Ski Areas will reach out and participate in this exciting opportunity to invite their local tribes to ski in the Great American Outdoors – a chance to nurture future Native Olympians.” –Bjorn Dahl, while Director of State and Private Forestry, Western Region, former President of Kirkwood Ski Area (Tahoe) working with Washoe Nation, and 8th Generation Norwegian Forester.
Top: Inuksuk (Inuit) Stone Man Symbol of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
L-R Mariah Cooper (Ojibwe-Oneida-FN Metis) as White Buffalo Calf Woman skier, Ross Anderson (Cheyenne) 2nd in Mondial Pro Speed Ski Championships, endangered Arctic Bears skating on thin ice, 6 yr old Delaney Tyon (Oglala Sioux) winning Nastar National Championships, Shirley & Sharon Firth (First Nations Gwichen), 4X Canadian Olympic XC Teams, Bottom L-R, Mariah as XC Olympic Hopeful blessing trail, Derek Howell (Pawnee) soaring eagledancer, Naomi Lang (Karuk) 2002 US Olympic Ice dancer’s “Salute to Nature,” Joe Tompkins (Alaskan Tlingit) 3X US Olympian, celebrating 2010 Downhill World Cup Paralympic victory with son Donald.
Indian Youth Showcased at Vancouver Olympics
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“Endangered Animals and Native Youth Showcased at Whistler”
“Whistler Mt Spirit Celebration”
“GREAT!” — Steve Binder, Emmy award-winning producer, director
MAGNIFICENT FILM I LOVE IT!!!! You captured the spirit and heart of the breathtaking world in white, mystical, pristine, evocative and pure, oh how we unite unto the eagle! Why I want to screen it at the next UN Indigenous life celebration. –Tish Lampert, UN photojournalist, media relations for UN Ecostat NGO.
I had no idea there are so many great Native American and First Nations Champions.” — Kim Chaffee, inventor of river power turbines that preserves fish and communities
Suzy and the Native Stars, Great Job!! Clear a place on your mantles for an Oscar! — Billy Kidd
This is my favorite all time ski movie as it captures the Poetry! –Ginger Tindell, Vail skier, Puerto Vallarta Writers/Press Group
“Beautiful, inspiring, brilliant – a gift of love and transformation!” — Connie Baxter Marlow, co-director of epic world Elders docu on nature of the universe: www.InSearchofTheFutureMovie.com
Hundreds of thousands of people joined women’s marches across the country and the world on Saturday, the first full day of President Trump’s term. Men and women marched for any number of issues, from racial equality to sexism, from climate change to ACA. But there were also kids who showed Read More »
Baja’s Todos Santos 1st World Women’s Awakening Summit speakers Lynn Wedekind, a vibrational healer, me, and founder Angelica Robinson, beaming after whales spouted on my birthday – launch day! Suzy ‘Stevia’ Chaffee – BanderasNews.com January 11, 2017 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – In December, the inaugural International Women’s Awakening Summit in Read More »
Photo:Olympic skier Suzy Chaffee is in the best shape of her life as a baby boomer. — IAN ALLEN by Suzy Chaffee, AARP The Magazine, August/September 2015 My baby boomer body is in the best shape it’s ever been. I’m not as strong as I was when I downhill raced Read More »
by Charles Eisenstein I am told by Native American friends active at Standing Rock that the elders are counseling the Water Protectors to undertake each action prayerfully and to stay off the warpath. I would like to explain why this advice is not only spiritually sound, but politically astute as Read More »
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – In October the World Wildlife Fund released a troubling report on CNN, that two thirds of the world’s marine and wildlife could be gone by 2020, that’s just 3 years from now! And it is mainly from rising air and ocean temperatures and over farming, logging Read More »
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico – On August 30, an “unprecedented breakthrough” in restoring the rapidly disappearing coral from our warming oceans was confirmed at Puerto Vallarta’s Technological Institute (IT) in Nayarit. It is thanks to the team of UN consultant Leonard Sonnenschein, president of the World Aquarium and its Conservation for the Oceans Foundation. Read More »
Following RIO’s “awesome” first Green Opening Ceremonies, here is a chance to be Olympic Heroes while helping protect Olympians and everyone, especially the brains of children, from the devastating Zika Mosquito Virus. Read More »
Ashton Locklear, 18, is one of America’s leading gymnasts. She won national and international titles in uneven bars in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and was a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. team at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/07/08/good-luck-ashton-locklear-lumbee-olympic-gymnastics-hopeful-165073 Read More »
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – The greatest applause during the Olympic’s “spectacular” Green Opening Ceremony in Rio was for regenerating Mother Earth and celebrating our beautiful diversity, from the Refugee Teams, to the female Arab Olympians, the “greatest gymnast ever” Simon Biles, and Brazil’s City of God Olympians, to the strutting Gisele Bundschen. Rio’s murky waters and Zika mosquito challenges are a preview of coming attractions unless as an Olympic Family, like the musicians and actors, we boldly mobilize to curb climate change. Their warmer waters, combined with their sewer challenges, which they could not fully afford to fix despite spending … Read More »
Aspen’s 2016 Native American Dances honoring Mother Earth and Her snowblessings, hosted by my 3 heroes (L-R) N. Ute Cultural Chairman Roland McCook, Deanne Kessler (French- Ute Foundation founder), and covered by Unity leader Connie Baxter Marlow. Read More »
People are buzzing how Puerto Vallarta’s Banderas Bay is a splendid turquoise, especially on sunny cloudless calm days. “This is the most turquoise I have seen in the bay in 15 years,” said iconic fisherman Phil Kerr. Could it be from the unprecedented friendly luminescent blue jellyfish that came here Read More »
Tribes of Americas Oceandance in Mexico in Gratitude for Paris and to Heal Oceans after 337 Whales DiedOn December 12, the Azteca, Cherokee and Apaches in Puerto Vallarta joyously led an oceandance on Los Muertos pier in gratitude for humanity’s Paris victories: 200 UN countries signing an accord toward saving Earth for the Children by limiting global warming to 2°C-3.6°F now, and shifting from fossils fuels to Read More »
Opinion: $3.4 Trillion ‘Divestments’ can get Ski Areas and Tribes Clean Energy to Extend Snow and ShorelinesHumanity owes a debt of gratitude to 350.org, founded by Bill McKibben, for helping organize unprecedented numbers of World Peoples Marches, including Pope Francis urging Catholics to join, to ensure world leaders agree on strong legally binding climate agreements at the UN’s 2015 Paris Climate Summit Nov 30-Dec 12. Paris’ 10,000 Shoe Protest, 15 yr old Xiuh Martinez’ “Million Student Walk Out,” and unprecedented world prayer power, including the Shift Network’s Invocation for the UN Conference on Climate Change, also showed who we are, and why we are poised to turn the tide in Paris. Read More »
Indigenous Elders And Medicine Peoples Council Statement United Nations Convention on Climate ChangeCOP21 Paris, France November 30, 2015 – December 11, 2015 This statement reflects the wisdom of the Spiritual People of the Earth, of the four directions, working in unity to restore peace, harmony and balance for our collective future and for all living beings. This statement is written in black and Read More »
Native American Olympic Team Foundation Australian Indigenous Alpine Sports Foundation 4 Emergency Ways to Extend Snow at Paris’ UN Climate Dec 1! Hola Snowlovers! I am alive and Vallarta is still standing, thanks to a miracle that you will see the Indigenous of the Americas helped guide. It showed how Read More »
Another example of the power of gratitude prayers is Puerto Vallarta’s Azteca-Cherokee led protection ceremony NAOTF organized after the death of a whale: See promo of documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaaby0o5-CI&feature=youtu.be The Prestigious Guadalajara U is planning on studying this phenomena that purifies the oceans, fortified by the snowdance phenomena in the US. Read More »
March 31, 2015 – AAA Magazine honors Olympic silver medalist Billy Kidd (Abenaki) for founding the Winter Special Olympics, Wounded Warriors and N. UTE SKI PROGRAMS at Steamboat. Read More »
Hail to Cal & U.S. Snowdance Pioneers,Reno’s Eagle Wing Pageant Dancers, descendents of the Washoe-Paiute-Shoshone dancers who saved the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics. After being honored for it by the Tahoe Olympians and community in 2012, they then also magnanimously led a snowdance that ended that catastrophic drought with 5 ft of snow. Read More »
EARTHRISING is a Series on How we can lift each other up higher and higher through harnessing our Imagination, Ancient Tribal Wisdom, Green Technology & Heart Healing Outreaches and Love Songs. Britain’s beloved Beatle John Lennon wisely wrote the powerful song, “Imagine.” What we imagine, visualize or dream, we manifest. That can be applied to healing Earth, and is even stronger when we collectively and multi-culturally give love and appreciation to Mother Earth’s heart, said a Mayan leader. As a result of some coincidences on New Year’s, my imagination went wild of how we can easily, blissfully, passionately inspire a … Read More »
TED features 14 year old World Youth leader of Earthguardians.org in 100 countries, Colorado’s Xiuhtezcatl (Shoe) Martinez and his little brother Itzacatl, my godsons, who have been empowering and raising the voices of fellow climate solutionaries via GenerationRYSE.org. See also their Earthrapping, the finale of RIO+20’s Earth Concert, on TED. Read More »
Oregon’s Mt Ashland Opens after “Snow Ceremony”for the first time after a year from the West Coast drought. Read More »
My fellow Rutland Vermont skier, Senator Jim Jeffords, passed on at age 80 in August, but his contributions live on. While chairman of the Environmental Committee, partnered with his confidant Jeff Munger (Iroquois) and seven other Native leaders, we helped reduce U.S. dental mercury by 48 percent. In 2013 this helped inspire 105 nations to sign a Global Mercury Treaty “to protect the environment by agreeing to phase down dental amalgam.” Read More »