EAGLE FEATHER AWARD
One of the ways The Society for Shamanic Practice serves the shamanic community is through the Eagle Feather Award, annually recognizing an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of shamanism. Nominations are collected from the SSP global membership. This award is made possible by a generous multi-year gift made by Sandra Hobson.
Congratulations Joseph Rael!
We are honored to present the 2016 Eagle Feather Award to Joseph Rael (“Beautiful Painted Arrow”), an eighty-two year old author, healer, mystic, and teacher who travels the world establishing his uniquely beautiful “sound and peace temples.” When he is not traveling and teaching, Joseph makes his home in Colorado on the Ute Reservation. He is of both Ute and Picuris descent and belongs to both tribes. Learn more about Joseph and his work here.
Because of his busy travel schedule we were unable to deliver the award until early November. SSP Board members Lena and Jose Stevens traveled to Southern Colorado to present the award to Joseph in a short and lovely ceremony. At that time they recorded an interview with him containing nearly an hour’s worth of wisdom and humor. That interview is now accessible to members as a monthly audio. If you would like to listen and are not a member, consider joining.
Congratulations, Joseph Rael, and thank you!
About the EAGLE FEATHER AWARD
The Society for Shamanic Practice annually recognizes an individual or group that has made significant contributions to the field of world shamanism. The recipient(s) receive a one-time gift of $5,000, as well as being featured on the SSP website.
With this award, SSP honors those who have made a positive change through significant methods of presenting, sharing, teaching and making knowledge more available about shamanism and indigenous wisdom. We are interested in all forms of sharing this knowledge including writing, visual arts, music, student programs, etc. SSP members provide nominations. The winner does not need to be an SSP member. We are especially interested in those whose work is innovative and deeply inspiring with a broad reach. Nominees must have a website that clearly explains their work and vision.
To nominate yourself or another individual or group, please fill out the nomination form by May 1, 2017. You may submit more than one nomination. This is not a voting process and multiple nominations do not improve the nominee’s chance of receiving the award. All information provided will be kept private and used only for the purposes of selecting this award. Nominees and nominators may be contacted by SSP for additional information and verification.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Awardee(s) will be announced August 2017.
Why the name?
The eagle is revered across many cultures as a powerful embodiment of Spirit and emissary of wisdom. Whether soaring over the plains and coasts of the Americas, the craggy hills of Celtic lands, the fjords of Scandinavia, or the forests of Central Asia, the Eagle is central to shamanic peoples’ stories and beliefs. The eagle inspires in us the courage to see and shed our lowest fears and desires. It reminds us of Spirit’s fierce grace and limitless blessing. The eagle calls us into (or back into) connection with Creation, Creator and one another.