Phillip Whiteman, Jr., a traditional medicine man and Chief of the Northern Cheyenne People, will present “Life and the Sacredness of Mother Earth” at Nelson Healing Center on Oct. 29. Whiteman has developed a strong connection with Door County by way of teaching regular workshops at Nelson Healing Center. On Oct. 29 he will present an all-day study on Mother Earth: air, land and water and its connection to body, mind and spirit. Many people are witnessing the standoff between big oil interests and Native American activists from more than 200 tribes who have come together at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Echoing pipeline opponents’ concerns, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, recently cited the pipeline’s threats to drinking water and sacred sites posed by the fossil fuel proponents. Whiteman will no doubt touch on these controversies but intends to relate this struggle to a much higher relationship between mankind as a part of nature rather than an exploiter of nature’s bounty.
The workshop will run from 9:30 am to 4 pm. The cost is $90 and includes lunch. The Nelson Healing Center is located at 44 S. 2nd Ave., Sturgeon Bay. Preregistration is required by calling 920.818.0045. For more information visit NelsonHealingCenter.com.