The Great Spirit Speaks: Voices of the Wise Ones #2

Religion, Theology & Philosophy
9 weeks
Weekly Study
Jun 3-Aug 4
Register By
June 10, 2021

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The Great Spirit Speaks: Voices of the Wise Ones introduces several of the founders of Indigenous spiritual traditions of the Americas, such as: (1) Deganawida, the Peacemaker (Haudenosaunee/Iroquois); (2) White Buffalo Calf Woman (Lakota); (3) Sweet Medicine (Cheyenne); (4) Lone Man (Mandan and Hidatsa); (5) Breathmaker (Seminole and Miccosukee); (6) Quetzalcoatl (Toltec); (7) Viracocha (Inca/Quechua); (8) Gluskap (Wabanaki); (9) Talking God (Navajo/Diné); (10) Bunjil (Australian Aboriginal Tradition).

In so doing, some pieces of the puzzle of “Progressive Revelation” are added in order to present a much fuller picture of the panoramic scope of the world’s religious history, considering that the Western Hemisphere comprises roughly half of the world’s land mass. From a Bahá’í perspective, the basis for recognizing and respecting these “Wise Ones” is to be found in ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s authoritative statement in the authorized translation of the Tablet to Amír Khán:

“Undoubtedly in those regions [the Americas] the Call of God must have been raised in ancient times ….”


Implications and recommendations optimizing Bahá’í–Indigenous interrelationships and community-building initiatives will be offered as well.

Special Guest Discussants (to be confirmed)

Lee Brown - Cherokee
"Native American Prophecies" (video)

Roman Orona - ish hish itsaatsu is his Apache name meaning “One Who Dances With Eagles”

Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr - Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw
President and Chair of the Board of Directors at Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest

Littlebrave Beaston - Tsimshean, Makah, and Greek
"American Indians through Printed Materials of the Bahá'í Faith"

Wayne Wilson - Diné
"A Baha’i perspective on Navajo teachings"

Medicine Eagle - Annishinaabe/Ho Chunk

Kamao Cappo - Administrator, "Indigenous Baha'is of the Americas" (Facebook Group)

Meet Your Faculty
Kevin Locke, MEd
Storyteller, Cultural Ambassador, Performing Artist

I have had a lifelong drive to explore and create.  In 1972 Richard Fool Bull the foremost exemplar and practitioner of the Indigenous North American flute urged me to take up and perpetuate this unique and precious heritage that has evolved and developed here in this continent from time immemorial.... See Faculty Bio

Christopher Buck, PhD
Author; Adjunct Faculty, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

Christopher Buck (PhD, JD) attorney and independent scholar, is the author of several books, including: Bahá’í Faith: The Basics (2020), God & Apple Pie (2015), with an introduction by J. Gordon Melton (Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Baylor University), Religious Myths and Visions of America (2009, “an original contribution to American studies,” Journal of American History, June 2011), Alain Locke:... See Faculty Bio

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