IN THE NAME OF PEACE
Santa Barbara News Press
Chumash Purification Ceremony Opens Spiritual Summit
Monday, January 8, 1990
News Press photo by Rafael Maldonado
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IN THE NAME OF PEACE
Chumash Indian leader Choy Slo waves burning sage around participants
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Purification ceremony opens spiritual summit
News-Press staff report
About 50 people joined hands Sunday in Mesa Park as a Chumash Indian leader
waved burning sage around each of them in a ceremony of purification and
Choy Slo shook the smoking incense over their heads, then in front and in
back of them, and finally moved it back and forth under their feet as they
stood in a large circle.
It was the opening ceremony for a weeklong series of events promoting
peace. Organizing the "Spiritual Unity Summit on Non-Violence" is David
Crockett Williams, who founded the Mesa School to promote peace-related
Williams has scheduled daily events featuring all facets of non-violence
including the teachings of American Indians, Martin Luther King Jr. and
Japanese Buddhist monks.
"I hope to make the second week in January "Non-Violence Awareness Week,"
The week got under way Sunday with a potluck picnic at the park. Then
welcoming words were heard from Hopi leader Thomas Banyacya who lives near
Flagstaff, Ariz., and from Mohawk Chief Jake Swamp of Akwesasne, N.Y.
The Indian leaders will speak again at 7 and 9 p.m. today at La Casa De La
Raza, 601 E. Montecito St. And, from 5 to 7 p.m. two videos will be shown:
"Sacred Run," featuring 20 American Indians who participated in a run last
year in Japan to promote peace; and "Hopi Prophecy," about mining problems
on Hopi Land.
The group will hold a panel discussion on non-violence from 7 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday at Isla Vista Theater.
On Wednesday, they will plant a special tree symbolizing peace, and will
participate in the lighting of a peace flame commemorating the bombing of
Hiroshima during World War II.
A peace rally will be held at noon Thursday in De La Guerra Plaza.
Saturday night features the "Sacred Run" and "Hopi Prophecy" videos, a talk
by scientist Bruce DePalma about space power technology, and dancing to the
rock group Ogie Yocha at Isla Vista Theater.
Williams and his wife, Carolynne Fargey, set up the Mesa School in 1985
in a house at 2520 Mesa School Lane. It is not a school yet, Williams said.
Instead, it produces peace-related events and this week's series of events
is the largest so far, he said.
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For the New World Times articles about the above events
of the 1990 Rainbow Uprising Campaign, see
More information on Chumash leader Choy Slo and the
Chumash Rainbow Bridge Human Origin Story may be found at