Eagle Wings of Enlightenment Center, a center in South Los Angeles dedicated to peace and non-violence, celebrated its 35th Anniversary on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Honor was given to the Ancient Ceremonies offered by the Native Chiefs and Sacred Grandmothers of Turtle Island. Their legacy, which goes back to the beginning of time and not just 500 years as often cited, is often misunderstood. During the anniversary celebration, Rev. Mataji, founder of the center, told stories of their legacies, aided by pictures and songs. Included were stories on the great Lakota Nation, the Ancient Pueblo People, and the Chumash People. Mataji also shared a story about her great grandfather, Elder William Reid. With the blessing of the Creator, it was an inspirational and deeply moving evening of prayers, songs, and storytelling.
Noting the current crisis in America regarding systemic racism, Mataji noted, “People of color are living in a world where violence is increasingly impacting them. We honor their legacy to never die. Let’s continue to pray for equality and the eradication of racism in America. For All Our Relations. Aho!”