The Culture Trip

“40 indigenous leaders from every corner of the world assembled at Camp Timber Trails in Massachusetts. Like a troop of superheroes united by a common mission, they were there to facilitate cultural unity and global harmony at Aniwa, an annual non-profit festival in support of indigenous communities.”


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“[Aniwa] gave me access to the traditional, Indigenous ways of life that are too rare in my everyday life, practices that my ancestors might have dreamed for me. I found myself healed in the physical presence of familial relationships, in the knowledge that we are all related, outside of the bonds of nuclear family. I was able to make sense of my place in the world.”


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“On and on, across ceremony and ritual and cultural group as the weekend unfolded, this was the message that was repeated time and again from each Indigenous group in representation at the event. Later, Modesto Rivera Lemus, a Huichol painter and spiritual leader from Nayarit offered his own sentiments, saying, “When we see that we’re in a crisis in nature, we need to unite. We need to support one another, how to care for our mother earth, everything that exists, we have to care for it. In this way, we can heal. This is why we’re so sick, because we’re not taking care of things.”

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“Many of us have forgotten that nature is a part of us. As a result, we see so many people suffering. We have become disconnected from ourselves, depressed, unable to find our true purpose in life, and are destroying our own home, the planet we live in. Aniwa is a transformational movement, merging ancient wisdom with western concepts, bringing 40 indigenous elders together to share their wisdom to help us thrive in unity and harmony with the plant. It was created to connect all people to the way of our ancestors, connecting back to nature, community and our own essence- to create the change and planet we want to live in.”



“Receiving knowledge, wisdom and love through music, stories and prayers throughout from different tribes from all over the world. I was so welcomed to this beautiful family and made friends for life in this magic space with my new tribe Aniwa.My life transformed, again. As a woman, as a mother, as a sister and as a daughter, I felt reborn.
I saw my life more clear and I saw where is my talent had been hiding or resting to be awaken in this very moment and what I must do to listen to my desteny and awake in me all my spirits and energy so I can do and be at my very best.”



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“We have so much to learn from these cultures, whose people have been subjected to unforgivable exploitation in the name of Western capitalist gains—and while we have so much to learn from them, it is vital that we engage respectfully with their teachings and traditions. Vivien shares her views on this, as well as offering a profoundly hopeful vision for a world in which indigenous Earth magic is embraced as a balm for environmental dis-ease.”




“How do we bridge ancient indigenous wisdom with modern technology? That’s the central topic of this conversation with Vivien Vilela, a spiritual healer, philanthropist, and activist. She went from being a successful model in London to the Amazon jungle, where she took a sacred oath to serve her life as a “Marakame”, one that can heal, sing and dream – a master shaman.”