Author Topic: James Uqualla  (Read 8392 times)

Offline educatedindian

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James Uqualla
« on: January 07, 2014, 01:15:48 pm »
A Havasupai exploiter and ceremony seller.
Also mentioned here and in the threads on Erick Gonzalez.
http://www.newagefraud.org/smf/index.php?COLLCC=3338486071&topic=3463.0

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http://www.uqualla.com/html/workshops.html
Price:$150.00 per 2 hour Initiation

...To reserve your spot:
Please make checks payable to Uqualla and mail to: P.O. Box 2561 Sedona, Az 86339

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Sells just about every ceremony you can think of, from naming to weddings to blessings to face painting to "will make you an apprentice." Photos on his site show entirely non-Native customers. Works in Sedona, seemingly not among the Havasupai.

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Re: James Uqualla
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2014, 05:40:09 pm »
I believe this is him in public records here https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KRFN-BPS

I didn't find anything of note in the Arizona court records or PACER (case & docket information from federal appellate, district & bankruptcy courts).

James Uqualla is mocked some for having a dramatic performance style, his supporters say that JU has a theatrical background, including in costume design.

JU refers to Great Spirit and All My Relations in his speeches, he sure seems to be saying that anyone can take anything, looks like he is definitely making a pitch to sell to spiritual tourists. They can come away reassured that they have the right to take anything they want, because JU says so.

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Re: James Uqualla
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2014, 03:36:26 pm »
JU generally dresses in a Plains tribe style knockoff combined with...flamboyant touches. Sometimes what he wears seems like a strange combination of imitating both the Dalai Lama and Mr. T.
http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/8OlEMMjLebU/hqdefault.jpg

This one is like a Liberace version of regalia.
http://www.seedgraduateinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/uqualla-cosentino2.jpg

And sometimes it's WTH knows what.
http://www.manataka.org/images/Willaru%20Huayta%203.jpg

Even if you strip away the theatrical touches, his regalia is a knockoff of other tribes. The Havasupai have a pretty distinctive look.
http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/62/a0/3a/guardians-of-the-canyon.jpg
http://www.gbert.com/upcoming/Web-Havasupai_Dancer_CloseUp.jpg

JU mostly comes across as a theater actor playing the role of shaman for white audiences. He talks a lot of generic NDN stuff. Havasupai and Hualapai (they're the same people, but were split into two rezzes by the govt) beliefs are very specific to their homeland.
http://grandcanyonhistory.clas.asu.edu/sites_adjacentlands_havasupaireservation.html
http://www.everyculture.com/North-America/Havasupai.html (last paragraph)

A classmate of mine in grad school wrote the very first history of the Hualapai about 8 years ago. They were just that unknown, even among historians. It's no wonder JU can take advantage of outsiders' lack of knowledge of the Pai.

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Re: James Uqualla
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2016, 03:11:16 am »
Another fraud trying to cash in on the present situation in North Dakota?

https://www.facebook.com/james.uqualla
https://www.facebook.com/james.uqualla/videos/1207276009352568/

The video is 5 minutes 12 seconds. Half a minute is enough to determine this is New Age drivel.


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Re: James Uqualla
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2016, 06:49:17 pm »
[…] The video is 5 minutes 12 seconds. Half a minute is enough to determine this is New Age drivel.
[…] This video is now widely shared in Facebook groups by apparently bona fide supporters of the water protectors. — I'd appreciate advice whether I should warn them, if James Uqualla is, indeed, a fraud?

I now see that the video is actually 6 minutes 35 seconds, and has been viewed some almost incredible 160 thousand times. At least for me 30 seconds is still adequate, all of it sickens me.

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Re: James Uqualla
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2016, 04:37:01 pm »
oh....one more thing

i saw james uquallah there doing some kinda praying with the hippie types

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Re: James Uqualla
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2019, 12:21:25 pm »
Take a look at this topic, there are mentions and pictures of James Uqualla:

http://www.newagefraud.org/smf/index.php?topic=5360.0
[Time of the Sixth Sun - Nuage fraud film]

Film with a who's who of frauds. […] Uqualla- Vega style showman, fraud.

James Uqualla … gets a lot of screen time.

Uqualla is used as a token through out this project. Usually he seems quite willing to play the part. But we also see some subtle uncomfortable moments.