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Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota, is an international speaker on Peace, Indigenous and Mother Earth perspective.
A survivor of the “Reign of Terror” from 1972 to 1976 on the Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River, and Rosebud Lakota Reservations in South Dakota and the US Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding and Church Missionary School systems designed to “kill the Indian and save the man,” Tiokasin has a long history of Indigenous activism and advocacy. He spoke as a 15-year-old at the United Nations – Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
He is an active board member of Simply Smiles, Green Cross International, and The Center for Earth Ethics. Tiokasin speaks frequently at venues such as Yale University’s School of Divinity, Ecology and Forestry focusing on the cosmology, diversity, and perspectives on the relational/egalitarian vs. rational/hierarchal thinking processes of Western society.
Tiokasin was a 2016 Nominee for a Nobel Peace Prize from the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy.
Selected for 2016 Native Arts Cultural Foundation Fellowship, and a Nominee for a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship 2018, National Native American Hall of Fame Nominee 2018, and 2019 Indigenous Music Award Nominee for “Best Instrumental Album” for “From the Continuum.”
A master musician and a teacher of magical, ancient and modern sounds, Tiokasin performs worldwide and has been featured at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Apollo Theatre, and the United Nations, as well as at many universities and concert venues. Tiokasin serves on boards of several charitable organizations dedicated to bringing non-western education to Native and non-Native children. Tiokasin is “a perfectly flawed human being” and a Sundancer in the cosmology of the Lakota Nation.
Tiokasin is also the host and producer of First Voices Indigenous Radio
A sacred space has been opened by forces in the inner worlds in which we through the power of imagination are able to travel and communicate directly with Earth and the inner worlds. Her voice and song will take you deeply into a connection of love, taking you out of domestication and reconnecting you with the original wildness of your nature. Through the inner workings of our nature, an ever deepening of listening and communication emerges. Throughout the journey, we stay connected and anchored in our own body as this is our first meeting place with Earth; your body is Earth!
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