Originally Published: April 4, 2012 9:55 p.m.
A concert on Saturday featuring Frank Thompson and AZ Rhythm Connection and flautist Sunny Heartley will benefit programs of the Kenosis Spirit Keepers' work to preserve the indigenous wisdom traditions of native people.
In addition to music, the sixth annual benefit will offer guests a chance to taste five wines, and snacks and other beverages will be available for purchase. A silent auction will feature fair trade items from the native people of Hopi, Peru, Mexico and Bali, along with original art and more.
Those with a musical inclination are welcome to bring their own percussion instruments and jam with Thompson's African drumming troupe from Scottsdale.
Heartley plays Native American-inspired flute music. He recently won the People's Choice Award for the Best New Healing/Meditation CD at a trade show, and often plays several of his handmade Sun-Heart flutes in his performances.
The mission of Prescott-based Kenosis Spirit Keepers, a nonprofit organization, is to "bring native peoples from Hopi, Peru and Mexico together to share their traditions with intent to preserve cultural heritage and sacred ways," said Carla Woody, founding president. The Spirit Keepers sponsor travel programs that support this work with their tuition.
"The journeys are life-changing for all involved," Woody said. "Locally we sponsor Spirit Keepers Series each fall and winter, bringing indigenous wisdom keepers from a variety of tribes to Prescott to teach about their traditions."
Proceeds from Saturday's wine-tasting and concert will help make the series possible, Woody said, and will support specific projects collaborating with the Hopi people of the Second Mesa and Lacandon Maya of Chiapas, Mexico. "Native people are living in difficult situations. Detrimental aspects of Western ways are extracting ancient traditions that have served to provide a foundational sense of connection and place. If that continues to happen, we all lose, including those who come after we are long gone," she said.
The concert and wine-tasting will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Smoki Museum Pueblo Room (this is not a Smoki event). Advance tickets at $25 are available online at www.kenosisspiritkeepers.org/events.html or at Adventure Travel, 130 Grove St., Prescott. Tickets at the door will be $35.
For more information, visit www.kenosisspiritkeepers.org, call 778-1058 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.