On May 5-8, 2016, Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage in Tumacácori, Arizona was honored to host a sacred international event called "The Times of the Purification Gathering". The intention of the Purification Gathering is to capture the heart of the Native American legacy through the arts, while exploring the indigenous wisdom of the ancestors as revealed in the prophecies of the numerous tribes of Turtle Island/the United States, and in particular highlighting the esteemed Hopi Prophecy of the coming "Fifth World".
The Times of the Purification Gathering is a coming together of elders, speakers, storytellers, musicians, and dancers to share and teach about the prophesied signs which have been (and are being) revealed, indicating these times are upon us, and that all tribes are called now to join together for the good of all. The Purification Gathering is a call to brothers and sisters from the 4 corners of Mother Earth to come together in recognition of the Creator's call to purify and be made whole once again. A global ecological crisis is upon us and now, more than ever, it is imperative to pay attention to the ancient warnings of the indigenous peoples whose reciprocal and traditional relationship with Mother Earth has made them the earth guardians of the 21st century.
The Times of the Purification Gathering is part of the vision and work of Gabriel of Urantia (also known as TaliasVan) who is a spiritual leader, activist, author, musician, and cofounder of Global Community Communications Alliance and Avalon Organic Gardens & Ecovillage. The community was established in 1989 by Gabriel of Urantia and Niánn Emerson Chase and now has 110 Destiny Reservists/Change Agents from around the world who have been called to the work of restoring global balance and harmony through personal transformation and selfless service to humanity.
See footage of some of the highlights of the Times of the Purification Gathering on Facebook.
Brothers and Sisters came from all over the country (and some from other countries) to attend this sacred event. We had visitors from many Indian tribal nations and many cultures. Many people commented on their gratitude for the very reasonable entry fee, which proved to them that this event had a purpose other than making money. Many of our guests chose to volunteer to work with some of the various teams from Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage rather than pay entry and camping fees.
Our Global Change Media crew filmed the entire event. Be on the lookout for excerpts from the Times of the Purification Gathering on http://spiritualution.org/ and http://globalchange.media/.
Many of the presenters spoke about social and environmental issues during this gathering. Here is a brief introduction to some of the activists who spoke and a few highlights and key points shared:
Gabriel of Urantia
For his entire adult life, Gabriel of Urantia has been dedicated to making the world as it should be where every man, woman, and child has food, clothing, a home, and not just subsistence-level work, but the tools and assistance to cultivate their unique gifts, talents, and dreams. As founder of multiple service organizations, Gabriel is putting what some might call a "Utopian" vision into ever-expanding practical applications daily.
Gabriel of Urantia shared many statistics that prove that we are indeed in the Times of Purification and Earth Changes. These were statistics about natural and human generated disasters that have occurred since 1989. Many of these facts were not easy to find since the Corporate Media in America is diligent about hiding them whenever possible. He shared with great clarity and strength that the Fifth Epochal Revelation and Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation are the language of the Hopi Fifth World. He shared the message of the importance of forming communities and subcultures so that we can survive the tremendous upheavals that accompany the birth of a new world. The old ways are passing away as the new world is emerging.
Learn more on these topics and order books by Gabriel of Urantia online.
Niánn Emerson Chase
As a youth, Niánn grew up on four Native American reservations in the southwestern United States. Her home life was based on Christian principles where she additionally incorporated Native American spirituality in her youth experiences. While attending Arizona State University, she broadened her horizons by studying other world religions and philosophies. She is also the co-founder of the various outreach service programs of Global Community Communications Alliance. You can find her on Facebook
Dennis Banks Anishinabe/Ojibwa
Dennis Banks is a Native American leader, teacher, lecturer, activist, and author. He is an Anishinabe, Ojibwa, born on Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. In 1968 he co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) to protect the traditional ways of Native people through activism and legal cases.
Dennis Banks left the Longest Walk 5 to attend the Times of the Purification Gathering.
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Dennis made us laugh and he made us cry. He told hilarious stories of the trials and tribulations of the early days of the American Indian Movement. He also sobered us with horrendous statistics on the drug problem on reservations across the United States. The Longest Walk 5 is crossing the country three times. In 2016 they are visiting reservations along the Southern end of the country and gathering statistics from the people they meet at every reservation on drug abuse and domestic violence. In 2017 and 2018 they will walk across the middle and the North of the United States gathering these statistics and marching in their war on drugs.
Dennis says that we are in a drug storm across this country. He said that the drug abuse (in all cultures) will ruin America.
José Martín Garcia Lewis O'odham
José serves as Lieutenant Governor of the O'odham in Mexico for the Traditional O'odham Leaders. He is actively involved in issues regarding indigenous territory, hosting well-attended congresses in Sonoro, Mexico. He was recently elected as Regional Governor for the O'odham in Caborca, Sonora, Mexico. With his father, José co-founded the Traditional Council of the Indigenous Peoples of Sonora.
Elder Maria Angelita Garcia Purépecha
Elder Maria of the Purépecha tribe is a cofounder of a free naturopathic health clinic in Magdalena in Mexico. She is the wife of Governor Jose Martin Garcia Lewis of the Tohono O'odham tribe in Mexico. Together, she and José care for the indigenous people and fight for their rights to land and health care, reminding them of the ways of their ancestors and the dignity of their history and culture.
Wendsler Nosie Apache
Tribe councilman of Apache Stronghold and former Chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona, Wendsler Nosie stands as a forefront activist for Native American social justice concerns. He most recently spearheaded the ongoing "Save Oak Flat" movement to reclaim his tribe's traditional sacred land from the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange. Nosie strives to empower all peoples around the world to defend the places that have long-served as sacred and culturally-rich areas.
Maryellen Baker Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe
Maryellen Baker is a Ojibwe Elder enrolled on the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. In the past 12 years Mary has focused her energy on the Water and has organized Women and Water Symposiums that are intended to educate women on their strong connection and responsibility to water and empower them to stand up for our environment. She believes that women can change the world.
MaryEllen Baker is organizing A Cultural Symposium on Women & Water on August 7-11 2016 on the Las Courte Oreilles Reservation near Hayward, WI. This symposium is an indigenous perspective that combines spiritual, cultural and environmental sharing and education to inspire women from all over the world about their roles as caretakers of water.
MaryEllen Baker led a powerful ceremony on Sunday May 8th for Mother's Day. In this simple ceremony she impressed upon us the value of fresh and clean water and challenged us to take good care of what is left of this precious, life-giving resource.
Clara Natonabah Navajo Diné
A Navajo Diné and 2015 graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston MA, Clara has received a BA in songwriting. Possessing a deeply rich voice, she captivates the heart of the listener while she weaves melodies from the traditional thread of her ancestry to fuse with the modern world she finds herself in. She currently teaches Music and a Mixed Media Performance Art course at The Santa Fe Indian School.
Clara Natonbah performed her beautiful music every day and also shared deeply her concerns for her people. She spoke eloquently and passionately about issues of domestic violence and drug abuse on Indian reservations.