Saturday, October 13, 2007. 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Shamanism Around the World: lecture, demonstration and discussion, with Susan GrimaldiProgram: a PowerPoint, “Photographing Indigenous Visionary Healers,” shamanism in China and Siberian Asia (the Tuvan, Ulchi, Mongol, and Manchu shamans) and relating shamanism of Asia with shamanism of North and South American and African peoples. Susan will be bringing some shamanic regalia (costume) newly designed by herself to show and demonstrate. The program is free to the public. Currently in China, there is a growing interest in reintegrating shamanism back into contemporary culture. Susan Grimaldi, an internationally renowned Native American shaman, based in Vermont, has worked with communities in North China and Inner Mongolia, experiencing the living traditions of the Manchu and Mongol people, including ancient harvest rituals, healing ceremonies, and interviewing Asian shamans. Susan was invited to China to demonstrate her healing approach and help shamanism flourish in China again. She was at the opening of the Shaman Culture Museum of Changchun University in northeast China where she donated some of Shamanic regalia and was invited to participate in the formalities. The images of Susan shows her holding a mask, demonstrating the drumming, and explaining the elaborate and heavy headpiece and other ornaments and their functions. The fringe of the headpiece is designed to cover the eyes. The lower two images are from her presentation here in Brattleboro in April 2007.
Further information about Susan and her work, visit www.susangrimaldi.com