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Pachamama Alliance Rochester Area Community
Dedicated to bringing forth a human presence on this planet that is environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling.
November 2020

November is Native American Heritage Month 

This issue is filled with inspiration and resources from local Native American history and culture – especially from the Seneca nation (which is one of the 6 nations of the Haudenosaunee confederacy) whose land Rochester and surrounding communities occupy. We have so much to learn from cultures that have been living in harmony with the earth for hundreds of years, and making decisions based on their effect on seven generations.

The origin of the Pachamama Alliance is its partnership with the Achuar people of the Amazon rain forest. So it is fitting to return to these roots in this opening 3-minute video, which serves also as a reminder how we as humans are connected to all life on earth.

The Awakening The Dreamer program is one result of the Pachamama Alliance's partnership with the Achuar people. In this 2-hour, on-line program one can experience the vision and call to action of the Pachamama Alliance.

Ganondagan Historical Site
Ganondagan State Historic Site*
In the present day Town of Victor, NY
Grounding ourselves in Sacred Space

Prayer of The Four Directions

Great Spirit who comes out of the East,

come to us with the power of the East,

We are thankful for the light of the rising sun.

Let there be light on the path we walk.

Let us remember always to be thankful that You give the gift of a new day.


Spirit of Creation, we turn to the South,

We are thankful for sending us warm and soothing winds from the South

to comfort us and caress us when we are tired and cold.

Unfold us as your gentle breezes unfold the leaves on the trees.

And as You give to all the earth your warm moving wind,

give to us warmth and remember to be grateful.

so that we may grow close to You.


Great Life-giving Spirit, we face the West, 

the direction of sundown.

Let us remember every day that the moment will come 

when our sun will go down.

Never let us forget that we must fade into you.

Give us beautiful color;

give us a great sky for setting,

so that when it is time to meet you 

we come with glory.


Great Spirit of Love,

come to us with the power of the North

make us courageous when the cold winds of life fall upon us.

Give us strength and endurance

for everything that is harsh,

everything that hurts,

everything that makes us squint.

Let us move through life ready to take what comes from the North.

In This Issue
Blog: What Indigenous Wisdom Teaches Me

by Sue Staropoli

In May 2012, I was invited to attend a program whose purpose was “to help create an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet.” Reading those words, I remember thinking: “This is the world I want to leave to my children and grandchildren!”

25 years ago the Achuar, an indigenous tribe living deep in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, put out a request for partners in the industrialized world who would work with them to protect their ancient home and culture. This was the birth of the Pachamama Alliance and the origin of what eventually became the “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream” Symposium...(read the full post here)

Ganondagan State Historic Site*

Native American Heritage Month 
Deepen your understanding of Native Peoples of Western New York 

In this resource list you will find the following (and much more!):
  • The Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address (the Ohen:ton Karihwatehkwen) is the central prayer and invocation for the Haudenosaunee (also known as the Iroquois Confederacy).
  • This video, filmed on location at the Onondaga Nation School in Onondaga Nation, focuses on the purpose and uses of the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address. Representatives from the Onondaga Nation talk about the history of the Address and how the Address changes depending on who is saying it.
  • Ganondagan Seneca Art and Culture Center fulfills a vision of a permanent, year-round interpretive facility at Ganondagan telling the story of the Seneca and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) contributions to art, culture and society for more than 2,000 years to the present day.  
  • Haudenosaunee artists residing throughout the United States and Canada have come out in record numbers to participate in Ganondagan’s fourth annual Juried Hodinöhsö:ni’ Art Show to take place virtually on Friday, November 6 through December 31, 2020. This year, works by 43 artists were accepted in the competitive show, representing all six Haudenosaunee Nations: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora.
  • The 226th Anniversary of Historic Federal Canandaigua Treaty will be celebrated on November 11, 2020 at 2:00 PM and shared virtually on Ganondagan State Historic Site/Facebook Live
Given the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and the dominant cultural narrative surrounding it, you are invited to listen to another perspective – What Thanksgiving Means to Native Americans.
You're invited...
Pachamama Alliance International
is hosting the first ever

Global Community Gathering

Thursday, November 19, 2020
3:00PM to 4:15PM EST

With special guests
Van Jones and Jane Goodall

This international gathering online is the 2020 (social distancing) version of Pachamama Alliance's annual luncheon held each year in San Francisco. This year we'll be able to connect with allies from around the world for an experience of unity, hope, and action for a thriving, just, and sustainable future--all from our own homes!

Here's a short video trailer for the event. 


Join our local community's watch party with Sue Staropoli!

 To register, complete this online registration form
(and select Sue Staropoli as your host), 
or call Sue at (585) 734-2816. 

Please register by Nov 6th to reserve your space!

We sincerely hope you join us for this unique and inspiring global event.

Your Vote Counts!
2020 Election - Vote!

Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

The early voting period in Monroe County runs from Saturday, October 24, 2020 to Sunday, November 1, 2020.
Community Calendar Highlights  Visit our Community Calendar to see all upcoming events.
Seeds of Hope

Seeds of Hope 

Community and Healing
in a Time of Chaos

Sunday, November 8, 2020
1:30-3:00 PM  (note the date change)

These times are challenging our ability to hold onto hope. And the chaotic election process will soon be coming to a head with a possible political coup. Our November Seeds of Hope will be on November 8 instead of November 1 so we can come together to catch our breath, connect with other caring people, gain a (r)evolutionary perspective on all the crises we’re facing, and discern our next steps to being the change.

On November 8, we will use brief presentations, a meditation exercise, a short inspiring video, and personal sharing in small groups to help us meet these times with insight that can see what is driving our crises. We will offer ways for our hearts to open to its pathos, with vision that can see what is possible, and with passion to co-create a world that works for everyone. 

Register here for this free Zoom event. 

Drawdown Book
Project Drawdown

A significant and impactful solution of Project Drawdown is Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure (formerly called Indigenous Peoples' Land Management). Learn more about this solution and the influence of Indigenous people in caring for the earth – past, present and future.

Drawdown solutions not only lower emissions of carbon from the atmosphere, but also address issues of health, employment, environmental injustice, and wealth inequality.  Working on DD solutions is supporting the movement toward a just, sustainable way of life for all. See the Drawdown section of our website to find resources, programs, action opportunities – solutions where you can make a difference.
Register for Drawdown Programs
Further Resources

Our website has a fresh new look!  

From the home page, you can now find descriptions of our active Initiatives. Visit the Resources Section to view the Community Calendar, explore Sustainable Shopping/Purchasing Power (highlighting ways to support black-owned restaurants and other businesses) and discover many other resources to support your journey of learning and living in a socially just and earth-friendly way. 
If you discover events and resources to share, email with subject line "Newsletter Resources".
Tree of Peace
Tree of Peace by Madeline (Mattie) Schmitt 
Artwork by John Kahionhes Fadden at Six Nations Indian Museum
“Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy. I choose joy over despair. Not because I have my head in the sand, but because joy is what the earth gives me daily and I must return the gift." 
- Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
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Do not be afraid!
These are days of power and possibility!
You are here now because you are needed!
Continue the adventure!
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