Vail’s Snowdance Miracle
Olympians from seven countries honored Native Americans at the 2004 Athens Olympics for their gifts to the roots of 10 Olympic sports at the site of the first Modern Games in 1896. L-R US Olympic skier co-host Suzy Chaffee with Fernando Jose (Navajo/Inca), Ullarik (Inca), Helen Korevesis of Olympic Truce, Chasque (Taos Pueblo), Condor (Inca), and Greek Olympic co-host Mike Voudouris, who also helped bring Iraqis to the Games.
As a result of a heart-melting gift to her friends, of an Indian children’s dance to launch a wiser New Year, Denise Rich, Aspen’s Grammy award-winning philanthropist, is helping the tribes get their message out to the mainstream on how to heal the Earth and prevent natural disasters, in the wake of the devastating Tsunami. NBC Today Show Host, Katie Couric, and Wendy Whitworth, executive producer of the Larry King Show, and their children were among the guests uplifted by Denver’s 7 Falls Dancers. The star was two year old Penelope Rodriquez, formerly known as “Sometimes She Dances, Sometimes She Doesn’t,” fresh from a command performance for the Lieutenant Governors of America.
*Photo Caption: (close-up of Penelope) Two year old Penelope Rodriguez (Pawnee) of Denver’s “7 Falls Dancers,” melts hearts at Denise Rich’s old fashion launch of Aspen’s New Year. Photo credit: Jeffrey Finesilver
While celebrating the Greeks for their greatest gift to peace, joy and health, in history – The Olympic Games… and the French for reviving the Olympics in 1896, Olympians from seven countries honored Native Americans at Athens for inventing the roots of 10 Olympics Sports, at the site of the first Modern Games. A group of about 75 Olympians and their families and spectators there also hailed the contributions of other tribal peoples around the world.
Chaffee honoring speedski champ Stew Young, as well as MVP’s of the Salt Lake Native American Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Forest Cuch and Larry Blackhair (N. Utes), and Olympic ice dancing star Naomi Lang (Karuk), at NAOTF’s Olympic press conference and reception that inspired the world story: “Indians End Games End Game on High Note.”
Warlance Foster, Navajo-Lakota basketball star, with Nuggets manager Kiki Vandeweghe (Blackfeet heritage) during his “impressive” NBA tryout at Denver’s Pepsi Center.
King Oyo of Uganda and his royal entourage, including the queen mother and the kingdom’s prime minister, visited Keystone Resort Saturday and met with Ute Indian representatives from the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah. The Ute contingent included drummers, dancers, a teacher and James Martinez, who carried the Olympic torch through Aspen. Ugandans living in Denver and representatives of the International Olympic Committee, along with donations from Keystone and the Four Points Sheraton in Silverthorne, made the cultural exchange possible.
During “FESTIVAL OF WORLD CULTURES” near Dublin August 26-28 -Lord Moyne (also a brilliant writer) then connected Suzy with his trusted niece Marina Guinness in Dublin (seen here under her 5,000 year old elk horns at her manor.) With the support of their illustrious friends, family and writers, we are hoping to be able to announce at this year’s “Festival of World Cultures,” the planning of this historic healing event -starting with Europe and Native America – to be a priceless jewel in the crown of next year’s event.
Prophecy & Hope:“Prophesy says that it is time now to share some of our sacred traditions of our culture. With the birth of the ‘Miracle,’ a female white buffalo in 1994 in Wisconsin, it signals the time when the 4 colors of man will be coming together to unite and heal. Creator has given different gifts and responsibilities to each of the colors. Ours is to help preserve Earth for all the children. Time is running out. It’s time to act,” say many Indigenous spiritual leaders of the Americas.
“I’d like the thank the tribes if they are responsible for this early fluke snow storm that dumped two to four feet in the San Bernadino Mountains, and put them on our staff,” announced Fritz Coleman, KNBC LA’s weatherman. Following Chaffee’s research, skiers got to thank the cross-cultural team at LA’s Ski Dazzle Show
Stars of the Western ski shows (who want help to join ski areas and tribes and take the kids of both cultures skiing/boarding): Speedski champ Stew Young (Tulalip, in tuck) with Raven dancer, X-treme skier Gene Tabagan, and L-R, Timberline’s Jim D’Eagle (Lakota), Lisa Santana (Lummi V.P of Northwest Indian College), “Uncle Paul” (Tlingit), and Olympic host Chaffee.