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Spiritual Elders of South America Declare Manataka a "Sacred Site"...

By Lee Standing Bear Moore and Takatoka

 

All the countries of South America are represented in an important document sent to the U.S. Department of the Interior declaring Manataka a sacred site.     

 

With offices located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, The Confederation of the Elders Council Original People of Abya Ayala (American Continent) is an organization of hundreds of spiritual elders and leaders representing all twelve independent sovereign countries of South America and three dependent overseas territories of UK and France.  Twenty-one spiritual leaders signed the document below that declares Manataka a sacred site.  Eleven Venezuela tribes are represented along with ten signatures from elders from other countries.

 

The declaration states in part, "...Manataka is a sacred place to the original people of the American continent and it should be allowed that religious indigenous people rites take place in it, in same manner as different oriented and western religions are allowed to worship in the thousands of temples and churches throughout your country." 

 

Even though the Manataka American Indian Council has never had any direct contact with the Confederation, friends of Manataka in the United States, Caribbean, Central and South America acted on our behalf and sent us the Abya Ayala document in March, 2005.

 

To the best of our knowledge and belief, no one representing the United States government has ever responded to the documents below.

 

 

South & Central America

Confederation of the Elders

Signed by twenty-one (21) Spiritual Elders 

 

Confederation of the Elders Council Original People of Abya Ayala (American Continent)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confederation of the Elders Council

Original People of Abya Ayala (American Continent)

 

Working for the restitution of Indigenous Spirituality

in the Southern Hemisphere

 

Address: Mexico 2064 PB B C.P. 1222 Buenos, Aires,

CAPITAL FEDERAL

T.E. 054-11-49422584  Email: caa_argentina@yahoo.com.ar

 

 

 

Mr. President of the

United States

 

With great respect:

 

Those of us who signed below, members of ancestral council of Central and South America, address this letter to you, most respectfully, with the purpose of expressing to you our concern about the way the government which you preside is interfering with the ceremonies which are being held at Manataka (The Place of Peace) [In the State of Arkansas], by not allowing the original peoples and nations of the country which you preside, as well as by the peoples and nations of other countries of the Great American Continent (for us, its Abya Ayala), to freely perform their religious rites.

 

We believe that in a country where its authorities proclaim to all parts of the world (to all corners of the world) that it stands for peace, individual human rights and democracy as a form of government, a situation like the one we are denouncing here violates the right to religious freedom and free speech of individuals and committees that have been par t of the United States of America territory for thousands of years before the latter existed as such.

 

Manataka is a sacred place to the original people of the American continent and it should be allowed that religious indigenous people rites take place in it, in same manner as different oriented and western religions are allowed to worship in the thousands of temples and churches throughout your country.

 

[Signed]

Junin de las Andes, March 28, 2005

 

 

[Twenty-One (21) Signatures]

 


 

Four additional documents, all relating to the one above, are not shown here but attest to the validity of the first document and provide background information.  These documents are available.  

   


 

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