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Learn "The Way of the Council" with EHAMA Institute: Wisdom Way Ceremony at

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, May 1, 2000

On Monday, May 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., RedPele and FireHawk of the EHAMA Institute, Santa Cruz, CA will teach the "Way of the Council" in ceremony style at Hudson Valley Community College. The ceremony will take place in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Meeting Room #2 at Hudson Valley, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy. Donations are requested on a sliding scale of $5 to $25, depending on a participant's financial means. Please call 212-726-8053 to register, or contact Darci Dercole-McGinn at 629-7927 for more information.

"The Earth Wisdom shared by the EHAMA Institute is collected knowledge from many centuries that can greatly benefit both individuals and businesses," says Hudson Valley Community College President John L. Buono. "Hudson Valley Community College is proud to sponsor such an unusual, informative and eye-opening event for the community."

The May 8th ceremonial event is held as an introduction to this body of learning and a larger 2 or 4 day ceremony will be held from September 22nd-26th at Camp Hillcroft in LaGrangeville, NY, about two hours south of Albany. Other "Way of the Council" ceremonies are taking place on May 4th in Northampton and May 9 in New York City. EHAMA Institute passes on wisdom teachings from the Americas to individuals and businesses around the world.

The "Way of the Council" ceremony metaphorically represents a corn-planting ceremony, and is based on Earth Wisdom. Unlike other ceremonies that are presented lecture-style, attendees will be asked to join the circle and participate as RedPele and FireHawk of EHAMA share the elements of the eight perspectives of the Council Model through story, images, enactment and circle participation.

When making decisions, ancient tribal leaders would assign eight chiefs to represent each of the eight perspectives or directions (North, South, East, West, North-East, South-East, North-West, South-West) in all decision-making processes. Each direction represents certain qualities, such as clarity and action (N), freedom and creativity (E), maintenance and balance (W), or power and danger (S).

In the late 1800s, 37 "belts" containing "glyphs" or teachings, were passed on to 37 medicine women when tribal men were in danger of being slaughtered. EHAMA's work comes from this lineage.

The North East Medicine Circle of EHAMA Institute, supporting the ceremony in May, is the newest circle among many begun by EHAMA Institute stretching from California to the United Kingdom and Germany.

The EHAMA Institute was founded by WindEagle and RainbowHawk who are métis (mixed blood) keepers of the origin teachings of The Delicate Lodge. They pass ancient wisdom that originated in self-organizing societies in pre-Columbian tribal cultures of the Americas, representing the collective intelligence of thousands of years of native human experience.

The EHAMA Institute was established in 1995 as a not-for-profit organization to share the teachings with people and rganizations around the world to help them achieve wholeness and balance.

RainbowHawk and WindEagle hold seminars across the country in hich they have helped managers of Lucent Technologies, World Business Academy, Mattel and the US AirForce to see how ancient Earth Wisdom teachings can be relevant to the realities of their business world.

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Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for science and academic career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.