EAGLE FEATHER AWARD
In 2016 The Society for Shamanic Practice began honoring outstanding members of the shamanic community with the Eagle Feather Award, a $5,000 award recognizing an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the field of shamanism. Each year a new recipient receives this award thanks to a generous multi-year gift from Sandra Hobson.
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.
This year the Society for Shamanic Practice will honor an individual or group who has made a significant and wide-reaching contribution to the sharing of shamanic and indigenous wisdom throughout the world. We are interested in all forms of sharing this knowledge including writing, visual arts, music, student programs, etc. The recipient(s) will receive a one-time gift of $5,000, as well as be featured on the SSP website.
You must be an SSP member to make a nomination. As a member you may nominate anyone other than yourself or a family member. The nominee does not need to be a member of SSP and we invite you to make more than one nomination. 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. 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.
The nomination window is now closed for 2017. Awardee(s) will be announced September 2017. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Joseph Rael | 2016
We were 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!