The following people will be speaking at the conference. 
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Allan Jamieson, Sr.

Allan Jamieson is an elder of the Cayuga Nation, Wolf Clan, one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee (Iroqouis) Confederacy. He will speak about "Environmental Stewardship for the Next Seven Generations and Using Water Wisely."

Allan is Director and one of the founding members of Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe which means, "Here Lives The People," where he is responsible for
coordinating art exhibits and projects sponsored by Neto, including scheduling artist workshops, hiring artists and curators, scheduling exhibits, providing publicity for all events and producing an annual Travel Guide brochure.

His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and a Master of Arts from the University of Buffalo.  While a graduate student he developed and taught the currently offered course in Native American Literature.

In addition to his interest in art he recently completed, for Native Community Services of Buffalo, a language assessment of the resources available for maintaining the six Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) languages in New York State .

His experience includes extensive research on the Western New York geographical area and oral history related to Western New York.

For the past 20 years he has been an active member of the Native Community in the Western New York Region which includes the Buffalo and Niagara Falls areas, assisting area art institutions with Native American programming.

Between work and studies Allan produced several 30 minute videos for public access television on topics including Native American Border Rights, Maid of the Mist and the Columbus Legacy. He is a member of the Board of Trustees, Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society; Leadership Buffalo, Community Leadership Program; and Alternative Dispute Resolution of Ontario.


Clifford Mahooty

Clifford Mahooty has appeared on several episodes of the History Channel's "Ancient Aliens" and on the History Channel's "America Unearthed."

He is also an experienced Civil/Environmental Engineer.

Born March 18th, 1944, Clifford Mahooty is a 100% Zuni Pueblo Indian. He is a Zuni Elder and member of the Zuni Nations's Kachina Society. The Kachina Society guards centuries of knowledge of contact between the Zunis and "star beings." Mahooty spent many successful years as a civil engineer. He consistently advocated for the Zuni and all Pueblo nations while also dedicating decades of his life to his Nation's spiritual way of life.

He attended local Zuni Reservation schools through high school and graduated from high school on June 6th, 1962. He entered New Mexico State University, College of Engineering in September 1962 and graduated July 16, 1969 with a BS Degree in Civil Engineering. After graduation he accepted an engineering position with Shell Oil Company. Later he worked with the Zuni Indian Reservation as their Tribal Engineer, designing infrastructure and waste water systems. From there, he moved on to a position in program development for all the New Mexico Native Nations. Thereafter Clifford worked with Southwestern HUD funded housing projects throughout the Arizona and New Mexico area. He was also commissioned as a Public Health Officer with United States Public Health Service (USPHS), working with both potable and waste water systems at other Native Nations located throughout Oklahoma and Arizona. After that, he took a position with the federal government’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and worked a full, 25 year career with the BIA in an effort to help other North American Native Nations as the Environmental Justice Coordinator, overseeing 581 Native Nations. Following his career with the BIA, Clifford Mahooty retired and returned home to the Zuni Pueblo in northwestern New Mexico.

Throughout his professional lifetime and working career, he has always maintained a close relationship to his spiritual, Zuni Pueblo roots as a member of various orders within the Nation. As a sideline he enjoys designing, creating and marketing Zuni Indian jewelry.



Tah-Weh-Dah-Qui is Tuscarora, Turtle Clan 

He is a national speaker and teacher who shares his gifts of understanding to promote personal and communal responsibility, spiritual growth, healing and transformation.  He will inspire and introduce ideas that will assist you in new ways of thinking

Tah-Weh-Dah-Qui will speak about "the natural rhythms and consciousness  of the environment and how we relate to it."



John Kane

John Karhiio Kane is a Mohawk from Kahnawake. He lives on the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation and has a direct connection to the people and territories of the Six Nations. John has been involved for most of his adult life in Native issues and, specifically, defending Native sovereignty. He was part of the First Nations Dialogue Team in the late 90s and worked extensively with the League of First Nations in battles with New York State over taxation. 

John hosts "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane,” now in its fifth year, which airs on ESPN Sports Radio, WWKB-AM, 1520 in Buffalo, NY.  John is also just wrapping up a year as the interim host for “First Voices Indigenous Radio” on WBAI-FM (Pacifica Radio), 99.5 in New York City. That year has earned him a brand new show of his own on WBAI-FM, "Let's Talk with John Kane.”  The show, which airs Thursday mornings from 10 to noon, is a return to WBAI's talk-back programming and features guests, commentary and the very interactive New York City caller audience.  John’s strong voice on Native issues has earned him numerous invitations to appear on “The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter,” an influential public radio program that broadcasts from the New York State Capitol in Albany and airs in 20 markets throughout the state.  Arbetter has also featured John in her television news segments on “The Capitol Report,” which airs during local news throughout New York. 

John’s wife of 32 years is Oneida and they have three Oneida children; all are married with children of their own.  He has eight grandchildren including
two twin boys.



Uqualla is a member of the Havasupai Nation (people of the blue-green waters). From the Heart of the Grand Canyon, the Havasupai people live in the most beautiful and remote areas of the western Grand Canyon. Supai village is located in Havasu Canyon, which is accessible only on foot, on horseback, or by helicopter.

Eons of his ancestors have brought wisdom and teachings which Uqualla brings to the present times and people when he speaks and teaches.

Uqualla was born into a family in which his Grandfather, Arthur Kaska, was a Medicine Man. Uqualla's mother, the daughter of Kioska, was given the knowledge of the traditional ways—hunts, deer tanning, gourd making, singing and dances. His mother passed these gifts to her children.


John Volpe

John Volpe is an Ojibwe/Algonquin elder, healer, protector of wildlife and environmental activist.  John will speak about his work with turtles, fish, birds and the water.

John has devoted his life to protecting and caring for wildlife.  He has spent most of his days since childhood in the woods.  All animals, John says, "are part of the chain of life.  This is how we look at our own life.  These are our teachers.  All of our relations means just that.  They're all of our relations.  You don't leave out a worm or an eagle or whatever.  We're supposed to watch it and we're supposed to protect it.  This is one of our jobs as among the people who walk this earth.  It should be everybody's job."


Mike Bastine

Mike Bastine is an Algonquin elder, healer, author and spiritual teacher.  He was raised in Holland, New York.  As a young man searching for his Native American identity, Mike found his life's direction when he met his mentor, Tuscarora medicine man Wallace "Mad Bear" Anderson.  On one of their journeys together, Mike and Mad Bear visited the Dalai Lama.

Mike includes among his friends Native Traditional people with whom he has worked for over 30 years, including Cayuga healer Peter Mitten, Seneca elder Beeman Logan, Tuscarora author and healer Ted Williams and Cherokee/Shoshone medicine man Rolling Thunder. 

Mike will facilitate a Roundtable Discussion about "Those Who Care About The Environment And The Global Shift."  Included in that discussion, Mike will speak about "Spirituality and the Natural World," the connection of spiritual elements to the environment through the Native American perspective, honoring all our relations from the traditional ways that are handed down.  "These ways are not written," Mike says.  He also will speak about why Native Americans do ceremony, about prayer offerings and about the winter and summer solstices.

Mike Bastine is co-author of the book, Iroquois Supernatural (Bear & Company © 2011), a book which shares stories, lore and beliefs, assembled by the authors, of the spiritual legacy of the six nations of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy -- the Cayuga, the Mohawk, the Oneida, the Onondaga, the Seneca and the Tuscarora.


Mare Cromwell

Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author and nature mystic. Her books are: The Great Mother Bible, Messages from Mother...Earth Mother and If I Gave You God's Phone Number...Searching for Spirituality in America.  She is the visionary behind the Great Mother Wisdom Gathering held in Maryland. Mare has worked nationally and internationally on environmental issues and also has studied with Native American teachers for nineteen years. She sits on the Seven Generations World Wisdom Council. Mare says she is also a former worm herder. 

fter downloading the spiritual messages in Messages from Mother…. Earth Mother in the summer of 2012, Mare Cromwell received very clear spiritual guidance from Mother to write the The Great Mother Bible during the winter of 2014. This profoundly revolutionary and humorous book presents Earth Mother’s perspectives on our modern dysfunctional culture and offers sage advice on how to come back into balance and harmony on Earth, to help birth the beautiful New World coming in presently. In her talk, "Insights from the Great Mother," Mare will share some of the more pertinent insights from the book.


Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben supports the 2nd Annual EcoSpirit Environmental Conference, and although his schedule does not permit him to be with us in person, he has graciously prepared a custom video presentation especially for the 2nd Annual EcoSpirit Environmental Conference.

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His 1989 book, The End of Nature, is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages.
He has appeared on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.  He is a founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. is named for the safe level of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere, 350 parts per million.

The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.” A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern.


Paula D'Amico
Paula D'Amico is on a mission to bring hope and healing into people's lives.  She is a wife, mother, TV producer, light worker, life gardner, ordained minister and owner/creator of Blessings by
Nature®.  Besides a rich background in communications, Paula has a deep history in horticulture that dates back to her childhood when she worked side by side, deep in the dirt, with her father, a graduate of Cornell University's School of Horticulture.  In the past several years, Paula has studied under several local and international experts uncovering the power of plants and how the simple placement of plants and the use of Feng Shui in conjunction with her deep religious roots can transform one's life.

Blessings by
Nature® creations help heal hearts, lift spirits, re-ignite energy, and celebrate life simply by using the power of plants, herbs, and words.  Creations include a variety of sachets, glass vessels, and custom order baskets filled with a unique combination of gifts, organic herbs, and words helping to restore balance, bring clarity, and deliver positive energy into your life.

Paula will introduce you to the symbolism behind those beautiful blooms, luscious plants, and delicious herbs we have sown in our gardens and use in our homes.  She'll also take a closer look at how we can ignite that power in our own lives, in our gardens, and in our homes.  Not only is this an hour of joyful learning, it is a wonderful aromatic experience as well.  Paula will bring a number of wonderful flowers, delicious smelling herbs and some powerful plants that can help deliver healing and abundance into your life.  This incredibly uplifting hour will wrap up with a wonderful meditation taking you through a walk through the Garden of New Life.


Allan Jamieson, Jr.

Allan Jamieson, Jr., Cayuga, is a traditional healer.  He is the owner of Ontario Acupuncture & Herb Therapy Clinic in Ontario, Canada.  He was nominated by clients in Brantford, Ontario for Best Acupuncturist.

In his lecture, he will provide an overview of his workshop.

During his workshop, learn about the Four Sacred Medicines -- Cedar, Tobacco, Sage and Sweetgrass. Learn their health benefits and uses. Learn about teas and their uses during the seasons. Learn medicines for diabetes and other ailments. Understand the uses and nation to nation trade of medicines. Sample teas and get a hands-on experience of the medicines he'll have at the workshop -- for example, sassafras, coltsfoot, bear root, etc. Come away with an understanding of the world of herbs.


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More speakers are coming!

We will continue to add more speakers to our speakers' list in the weeks to come.

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