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Heart & Mind Festival Presents: Changing Tides - A Fundraiser for Our Underwater Relatives and the Salish Sea

  • Daya Yoga 360 Jefferson Avenue, Buzz 1A Brooklyn, NY, 11221 United States (map)
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This event will be held at Daya Yoga, 360 Jefferson St, Brooklyn, NY 11237

In 1970, over 40 orcas were brutally captured from the Salish Sea in Northwest Washington and taken to marine parks around the world. During that capture, at least five of the orcas were killed. Tokitae, who was just three years old at the time of capture, is the sole survivor, living alone in a small and isolated tank at Miami Seaquarium where she has been performing acts for food rewards for 48 years. Tokitae has not seen another orca since 1980. The Lummi Nation intend to change this by returning her to her home pod at the Eastsound, Orcas Island. Bring Tokitae Home!

This event will raise funds to support the Lummi Nation’s plight to return Tokitae to the Salish Sea. Featuring Taino Elder Maestro Manuel Rufino, Grandmother Clara Soaring Hawk of the Deer Clan, Theresa Bear Fox, Kurt Russo, Peia and Dream Seed.

In addition, we will explore solutions on how to involve ourselves in the restoration and protection of the Salish Sea and bring light to the importance of the Salmon population to the local ecology, culture and to all life above and below the waters*.

The day’s events will include:

  • A Special Opening Ceremony

  • Ecstatic Dance

  • Shamanic Sound Journey with Dream Seed

  • Delicious Vegetarian Food

  • Panel Discussion on Conservation & Spiritual Ecology

  • Concert with Peia

  • Closing Ceremony

Cost: $80; funds raised will go to The Tokitae Fund of the Lhaq’temish Foundation (


About the Presenters

  • Maestro Manuel Rufino - Maestro Manuel Rufino is a recognized elder in the Taino tradition and World Director of M.A.I.S.C. He is a spiritual guide, gifted ceremonial leader and teacher of sacred initiatic traditions of the world.

  • Grandmother Clara Soaring Hawk of the Deer Clan - Chief of the Deer Clan of the Ramapo nation and Water Protector.

  • Theresa Bear Fox - Theresa writes: “I grew up with musicians in my home. My mother played harmonica and piano. One of my sisters played guitar. Two of my brothers played guitar and sang traditional songs using a water drum and horn rattles. I always loved music, and I realized later that I had a gift for songwriting around the age of 29. When I look back and think about it, I always had this beautiful gift, but I didn’t realize what I had. I remember when I was riding the bus to school I could hear music coming to me…”

  • Kurt Russo – Kurt Russo has worked with Jewell James since 1980 on treaty rights, protection of sacred sites, coalition building, cross-cultural conflict resolution and land acquisition. He currently works in the Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office of the Lummi Nation on the issue of fossil fuel exports. He is the Executive Director of the Native American Land Conservancy, and is a Research Fellow at the California Center for Native Nations (University of California).

  • Peia Luzzi - As a song preserver Peia has gathered songs from ancient traditions that span across the globe. From the mountains of Bulgaria to the shores of Ireland, touching upon the wisdom and trials of the Native peoples of North and South America and preserving the enchantment of medieval chant and Indian raga. She has traveled extensively to uncover melodies wrinkled and wise with time, laboring faithfully to revive their language, stories and original essence.

  • Dream Seed - Dream Seed is a sound healing ensemble created by members of Golden Drum, Sacred Arts Research Foundation, and Didge Project. Shamanic chanting, mantras, overtone singing, Native American songs, indigenous music, didgeridoos, crystal singing bowls, bells, gongs, harmoniums, tuning forks and other overtone-emitting instruments are used to create an environment conducive to deep relaxation and inward investigation.

*More Information About our Fundraiser

Right now, the resident killer whale population of the Salish Sea is in peril. Recently, Tahlequah, a 20-year-old mother, carried her dead infant aloft for 17 days and over 1000 miles in a mourning ritual so prolonged and public it seemed designed to get our human attention, to make us see how our actions are hurting the world. Another member of J-pod, Scarlet, is so hungry that at four years old, she’s only the size of a two-year-old, and her head is shaped like a peanut (source: