Art By Jim Yellow Hawk 

As part of the Turtle Island United and Native COVID-19 Response Campaign, Antinanco, PAZA, Tree of Life and Native Hope are continuing to provide essential resources to the Great Sioux Nation communities in South Dakota to address health, wellness and food security needs to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, and to prepare the communities for the winter season. On this page, we provide informational sessions on in-home sanitation, key preventative wellness measures, integration of nutritious foods and supplements into every-day diets to improve health and wellbeing of the people, and instructional webinars on traditional food-growing and medicine-making practices.  We thank the AMB Foundation and Taubert Memorial Foundation for making this initiative possible. 

Upcoming Webinars

Native Stories of the Winter Count and Drawing 

Wed Dec. 30th

6:00 PM CST

7:00 PM EST


*  What is Winter Count - History and Traditions * Spiritual Significance *Symbols and Archetypes *Storytelling *Drawing it Together, Reflections

Winter Count (Wniyetu Wowapi in Lakota) is a pictographic story to record people's daily experiences and significant events. The word Wowapi translates as "anything that can be read or counted. Waniyetu means year, measured from first snow to first snow.


As we welcome this season's snow, we invite you to join this webinar for some good storytelling about the Winter Count. We will then draw our own Winter Count together and share impressions.  Please have pencils and paper ready. Children are invited to participate. 

Presenters: Delwin Fiddler, Jr.  Delwin is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Sans Arc band, and a world renowned Native American performing artist. Delwin's Lakota name is Hehakapa Mahto (Elk Bear). He is third generation grandson of the Elk Head Red Hair (Hehakapa Pahinsa) who was the historical Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe.  Delwin is a Founder and Executive Director of PAZA, Tree of Life.    

Maria Ragonese is an adopted member of the Sans Arc Band of the Lakota Sioux, and Director of Administration and Program Development for PAZA, Tree of Life. She holds multiple certifications in hospice and crisis counseling and uses her advocacy skills toward the revival of Native American Culture to restore healing and balance to Mother Earth and to all nations. 

JOIN VIA ZOOM: https://zoom.us/j/91459345839

Traditional Ways for Strong Mind, Body and Spirit In COVID-19 Era- conversations with Bitahnii Wayne Wilson and Joann Whiting 

Sun Jan. 10th

5:00 PM MST

7:00 PM EST


*  About Bitahnii Wayne Wilson's and Joann Whiting's work with the Navajo Nation communities during COVID-19 * Advice on Staying Strong in Health and Spirit this winter * Traditional Plant Medicines * The Navajo Sacred Beauty Way Vision and Teachings * The Corn Pollen Path and Twin Grandfathers and Warriors in the Dine'h Belief  * The Walk in Beauty Prayer  


Presenters:  Bitahnii Wayne Wilson is a Dine'h / Navajo Baha'i from the remote community of Pine Springs on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. Wayne belongs to his mother’s Bitahnii (Folded Arms Clan) and is born of his father’s Toh ahee dliinii (the Two Waters that Flow Together Clan). Wayne also belongs to his maternal grandparents’ Toh di'chiinii (Bitter Water Clan) and his paternal grandparents’ Tsi'najinii (Black Streak Running on the Tree Clan). To Learn More About Wayne Wilson Click Here


Joann Whiting  comes from Alaska where she was involved in delivering fish, being a part of canoe runs and assisting the elders with their daily needs. She then lived and worked at the Grand Canyon southern rim, where she met Bitahnii Wayne Wilson and, together with her son, got involved in delivering food, water, water barrels, ppe, firewood, cleaning supplies, and critical aid to remote Navajo, Hopi and Apache families batting the pandemic and with no access to running water. ​ To Learn More About Joann Whiting Click Here.

JOIN VIA ZOOM: https://zoom.us/j/96685586410

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