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2018 Conference


Saturday Day Pass Required

Original Peoples' Wisdom Food and Plant

Medicine / Film: Doctrine of Discovery

Saturday, February 10      7:00 pm - 9:30 pm   

Room: Permaculture Plaza

     We'll explore Native or Original Peoples' knowledge of the plants, animals and the land they have observed for so many thousands of years.  We'll explore a deeper more respectful connection with all life.

     This panel will remember the wisdom of Native People and how they relate to the earth's resources focusing on the original plants and animals native to that region.  Time to nurture and heal and feel our connection to this Earth as human beings.

Moderator: Rehmmania Dean Thomas

Michael White Horse Teacher of Native History,  Musician, Artist, Sage, and Ceremonial Guide

Michael's tribal affilliation is the Gabrieleno Tongva, San Gabriel Band of Mission

Indians, with ancestral roots from the Southern Paiute and Shoshone people of the Mojave. 

Michael is a professional multi-medium artist with works showing in galleries and museums, and active historic commissioned works in progress.  He has played his flutes at pow wows and ceremonies throughout California, Washington, Oregon, and the South West. White Horse teaches Tongva history and oversees excavations when it involves his Native Ancestors. He also plays at memorials and ceremonies when called upon.. He is a multi-instrumentalist with an new album of his compositions coming soon.  He also expresses his creative talents as graphic designer and screen printer, owning and operating the company.  


Steven Newcomb (Shawnee-Lenape) has carried on a global campaign since 1992 with Birgil Kills Straight, a Traditional Headman and Elder of the Oglala Lakota Nation, challenging imperial Vatican documents from the fifteenth century. Those documents resulted in the decimation of Original Nations and Peoples of Mother Earth and thereby deprived the planet of life-ways, sustainable ecosystems, and Sacred Teachings.

Part Two

    Second half of Original People's Wisdom Food and Plant Medicine Panel - Starting around 8pm

Room: Permaculture Plaza

“The Doctrine of Discovery” created by filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild is part two of a three-part documentary. Part two focuses on a little known subject traced back to Christopher Columbus’s so-called “discovery” of the lands now commonly known as “the Americas.” The “right of discovery” was adopted and used by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1823 in the case Johnson & Graham’s Lessee v. M’Intosh. The first Christian people to discover lands inhabited by non-Christians or “heathens” had asserted the “ultimate dominion” to be in themselves. On the basis of that religiously premised argument, the Supreme Court defined the land title of the Indians as a “mere right of occupancy.” The Christian power that claimed “ultimate dominion” could grant away the soil while yet in the possession of “heathens.” And this doctrine remains the Supreme Law of the Land in the United States.

Theologian Luis Rivera, who was interviewed for the film, points out in his book A Violent Evangelism: The Religious and Political Conquest of the Americas (1992), that an accurate history must account for the theological and religious justifications for claims of domination over the Indians. Shawnee-Lenape author Steven Newcomb, whose book Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Discovery (2008) is foundational to the film, points out that the language code of domination, metaphorically modeled after the Old Testament, is found in fifteenth century Vatican documents. It is that dominating language code which serves as the basis of the religious racism of U.S. federal Indian law and policy to this day. Watch the Trailer Here