Eagle Wings of Enlightenment Center, a South Los Angeles nonprofit dedicated to peace and non-violence, celebrated its 34th Anniversary on Sept. 26.
A capacity crowd turned out for the event held at The Proud Bird Restaurant and centered on theme, “Honoring the Indigenous Way of Life.” Entertainment included Japanese drumming, African drumming, an Aztec dance ceremony, a Maori Haka warrior dance and Native flute music. Also, a tribute was given in honor of the 28-year service of the center’s Firekeepers.
In addition, singer Dwight Tribble performed the song, “Our Mother Earth is Calling,” and Eagle Wings offered copies of their first gospel CD, “Millennium Gospel Praise – The Second Coming.”
The center’s founder, Shri Natha Devi Premananda (Mataji), shared an uplifting message, noting, “We’re all related. Work towards getting along with one another, loving each other with kindness and compassion, and giving a helping hand, when it’s needed, to your brothers and sisters. We are one people upon this great Mother Earth.”
Mataji founded EWEC in 1985, and over the years, people around the world have visited for blessings, healings and prayer for world peace. The center also offers counseling to thousands and holds daily prayers for harmony, a Sunday Service and Meditation, and a monthly Native American Sweat lodge for the healing of individuals and Mother Earth.
In addition, EWEC conducts annual health fairs, regular Bible Study and Rites of Passage classes for youth, and organizes outreach programs to clothe and feed the poor. The ministry extends to Africa providing educational scholarships for children and aiding members of the Maasai tribe.