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Offline Defend the Sacred

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Re: Brant Secunda and Dance of the Deer Foundation
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2016, 04:44:16 pm »
Ask him for the Elders' name. If he won't give it, he's scamming you. Chances are he will give you the name of a dead person. Or a name that is so common it's impossible to trace.

But we already know he's scamming people. I guess the point is to try to put him on the spot in front of the people he's scamming and harming, to try to help save them from being harmed and to try to put him out of his con-artist business.

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Re: Brant Secunda and Dance of the Deer Foundation
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2018, 01:36:36 pm »
Denounced by Alaska Native elders. Foundation claims it's necessary for their gourmet meals (seriously).

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native group spoke out Friday against a shamanism retreat, saying the event commercializes and exploits the spiritual healing practices of indigenous people.

The Juneau-based Sealaska Heritage Institute voiced its opposition to the pricey June retreat in a letter emailed Friday to the event sponsor, Dance of the Deer Foundation. The event — billed as the 24th in Alaska — is scheduled for June 22-July 1 at an undisclosed lodge outside Juneau.

In the short letter, Heritage Institute president Rosita Worl calls the event "a violation of a most sacred tradition of Native peoples." She asked the foundation not come to the area that's considered the ancient homeland of a Tlingit group.

Worl said the event appears to be another form of cultural appropriation.

"They are taking a cultural practice, cultural knowledge. They're taking it away from a tribe," she said. "Then they are transforming it into a commercial enterprise to benefit themselves."

The Dance of the Deer Foundation later apologized for not reaching out to the Alaska Native organization.

In a letter addressed to Worl, the Soquel, California-based foundation released a statement saying it holds the deepest respect for Native people, including the Huichol tribe that it is closely connected to.

It said foundation founder, Brant Secunda, went through a 12-year apprenticeship and traditional training with a revered Huichol shaman.

A shaman is considered a spiritual healer.

The foundation said the cost of its program helps sustain educational and cultural support initiatives and the Huichol tribe is aware of the costs.

"The cost of this particular program correlates to the cost of putting on such an event, which includes comfortable accommodations and gourmet meals in an area where costs are high for such amenities," it states. "We have made very little profit on this program over the last number of years, and some years it is even a money-losing proposition."

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Re: Brant Secunda and Dance of the Deer Foundation
« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2018, 02:28:16 pm »
Another year, another opportunity to exploit Native Culture and Traditions.  Yes, the Dance of the Deer Foundation is at it again. 
Anyone have any contacts with the Huichol tribe and ask what if any money is given to the tribe from this "foundation" since they claim it is usually losing money? 

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Re: Brant Secunda and Dance of the Deer Foundation
« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2024, 03:45:12 am »
Yes, the Dance of the Deer Foundation is at it again.

Indeed they are, even if six years have passed. Many links in this thread have expired, active links are:  >

14 Upcoming Events for the remainder of this year. And here is the Facebook page (not posted before):  [Dance of the Deer Foundation]
206 K likes — 208 K followers — many comments and shares for every post.