Sacred Sites work in Independence VA and Four Corners, Crestone Colorado. The Crestone Leadership Convergence and the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco


In continuation of the Original Caretakers Program of the Center for Earth Ethics, the Forum 21 Institute partnered with the Oracle Institute, and ICV Group Inc, to sponsor the Sacred Sites work of Mt. Blanca in Crestone Colorado. As in the work carried out in Japan in 2017 (Mt. Fuji, Fukushima), this work is being endorsed by UNESCO (U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) because it recognizes the work of Indigenous peoples to protect and preserve nature’s most biodiverse areas using their traditional wisdom and knowledge.

The Sacred Sites Work involves representatives from the Otomi Toltec peoples of Mexico and representatives from the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Colombia (Arhuaco, Kankuamo, Kogi and Wiwa). Indigenous representatives from the local land (territories) are always invited to participate. For this work as part of Phase 1 of the Sacred Sites program seven representatives participated: three Otomi Toltec elders: Agustin Ranchero, Armando Robles and Mindahi Bastida; one Kogi elder: Mamo Luis; and one Lakota elder: Tiokasin Ghosthorse.