The Four Corners, Crestone Colorado
One of the geographic locations revealed in the sacred sites vision was the Four Corners of the United States. The Four Corners is a region of the United States consisting of the southwestern corner of Colorado, southeastern corner of Utah, northeastern corner of Arizona, and northwestern corner of New Mexico.
In July 2017, a research trip was made to Crestone Colorado to determine the exact location of the Sacred Sites Work in the Four Corners as part of Phase One of the Sacred Sites Work. Forum 21 Institute worked with Mindahi Bastida (coordinator of the Sacred Sites program) and researched several areas in Crestone. This is because Crestone is located in the eastern most section of the Four Corners. Mt. Blanca, a sacred mountain revered by the many Indigenous peoples of the area, proved to be a high candidate for the Four Corners sacred site. After consultation, Mt. Blanca was determined to be the specific location. Cooperating on the research trip were Hanne Strong (of the Manitou Foundation) and Roger LaBorde (of Father Thomas Keating’s decades long Snowmass Inter-religious Initiative). These latter are Crestone region leaders with a long history with the heritage of the region.
On September 8, 2018 Otomi and Kogi elders and representatives from the Dine (Navajo) and Lakota nations went to Mt. Blanca and successfully carried out the necessary prayers, rituals, and payments. The Original Caretakers team, including Mindahi Bastida (Center for Earth Ethics), Ken Kitatani (Forum 21) facilitated the work and then joined a larger group of leaders, activists, and scholars for the two-day Crestone Leadership Conference.