Chumash Purification Ceremony Opens Spiritual Summit

Santa Barbara News Press

Local News

Monday, January 8, 1990

page B4

News Press photo by Rafael Maldonado
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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 unity.

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 events.

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," Williams said.

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