Marina del Rey, CA 90295
Welcome to Ancient Wisdom Rising 2015! We are so excited to bring together this group of elders and presenters with you on the beautiful and sacred grounds of the Blue Deer Center located in the Catskill Mountains (a short three hour drive from New York City).
The land itself and the magnificent mountain stream that flows through it provide an inspiring and rejuvenating backdrop for our program. This gathering is a rare opportunity to experience life in a community connected to the living world by the presence of the elder voices, the laughter of children, and the songs of the winds and the sacred stream.
There are several lodging, camping or commuting options available.
Bienvenido Arroyo Arhuaco
Bienvenido Arroyo was born in 1942 in a village near Simonorwa, and was schooled in Nabusimake, the capital of Arhuaco Territory, Colombia. In his youth, his leadership qualities were formed through service to the Mamos and Arhuaco leaders. In 1976 he began working for indigenous rights on a national level. In 1982 he helped in the creation of ONIC (National Organization of Indigenous pueblos of Colombia). Later on in 1986 he resigned his position when he was appointed Governor of the Arhuaco nation. During his service as Governor (1986-2000) he traveled extensively developing a deep understanding of the problems facing his people. He always worked under the orientation of the Mamos, most notably the late grand Mamo Zarey Makú (highest traditional authority of the Arhuaco pueblo) working for the unification of the 4 pueblos, the acquisition of lost territories and for recognition by the Colombian government of “The Black Line” (the ancestral territorial boundary of the four pueblos of the SNSM).