Upcoming Schedule of Ethnographic Films, Classes, and Workshops
ONGOING CLASSICAL SIBERIAN SHAMANIC DRUMMING & TRANCE WORK
The Shamanic Council meets at East West Bookshop, Seattle, Washington typically on the Second Sunday of the month.
These classes are designed to introduce the basic principles and practice of trance and drumming as taught by the Ulchi culture of Eastern Siberia. This ancient tribe of people trace their roots directly back to their Neolithic ancestors who inhabited the same territory dating from the Pleistocene epoch. The word shaman comes from their language group only. For more information about the lineage of teachers, please click this link.
What you will learn are the basic drumming rhythms of nature, safe entry into controlled trance states, paths to the other worlds, and singing the vision.
This group is open to anyone whether beginner or advanced student. The only requirement is that you bring a Native American, Celtic, Siberian, or another type of round hand-held drum. No congas or doumbeks, please. If you don't own a personal drum, then you can either borrow one from a friend or purchase one through East West Bookshop or other local instrument stores that specialize in ethnic drums.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM NIGHTS
The Ethnographic Film Nights are designed for current students and invited guests. The foundational practice from various indigenous Asian cultures will be explored. Although most of our films will focus on Siberian groups, we will also present current practices from Japanese, Korean, and Chinese cultures.
Prior to the showing, there will be a brief opening introduction about the film followed by a short round table discussion by the audience members at the conclusion of the presentation. By contrast and comparison, we will examine the nuances, similarities, and differences to the Manchu-Tungus traditions in Eastern Siberia. Program begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.
These viewings are held in a private theater. Please contact us at email@example.com or telephone 206-526-2959 for directions and further information. Suggested donation: $5, however no one will be turned away.
In Pursuit of the Siberian Shaman
Long suppressed by missionaries and then by Soviet anti-religious campaigns, Siberian shamanism has experienced an unprecedented revival following the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the number of shamans continues to rise. But who are these new shamans? Are they tricksters, magicians, businessmen, or cultural activists? This film takes a behind-the-scenes look at a Buryat shaman living on an island in the Lake Baikal as he moves between intimate shamanic rituals performed for local clientele and shows performed at various resorts for Western tourists in search of "primitive" cultures.
The film captures cross-cultural miscommunication as the shaman and tourists misunderstand one another, usually comically, sometimes disturbingly, made all the more poignant by the conflict between the dominant Russian Orthodox Church and the local shamanic tradition. Juxtaposing 1920s archival footage of a shamanic performance with its contemporary counterparts, the film grapples with the long-standing tension between the "indigenous" and the "cosmopolitan" in a rapidly transnational world.
Video Language: English
Total Running Time: 72 minutes
Shamans Nadia Stepanova & Ai-Churek Shiizhekovna Oyun
Nadia Stepanova: Nadia Stepanova is a Buryatian shaman who is reviving shamanic ritual ceremonies that for centuries have ruled the life in the taiga. The Republic of Buryatia is a large country that lies between Lake Baikal and Mongolia in Siberia, often said to be the cradle of shamanism, which appeared at the dawn of civilization and survived down through the ages, until Stalin's anti-religious campaign in the 1930s.
During all these years there was an attempt to separate the individual from his spirituality and as a result many people forgot their soul, their ancestors and their Gods. Nadia Stepanova hopes that the young people will again be aware of spirituality and of the gifts that Mother Nature bestows us.
Ai-Churek Shiizhekovna Oyun: Tuva is a very ancient country of shamans and throat singers. It lies between the Siberian forests and the central Asian desert, marking the center of Asia. The high Sayan Mountains protected Tuva, keeping it wild and pure. Tuvinian people love nature and live in harmony, fearing the rage of the powerful spirits of the mountain.
Ai-Churek Shiizhekovna Oyun is a shaman from Tuva, a very powerful healer who speaks to the stars. "To heal a person I invoke his star asking it to come down. When the star appears, a strong heat falls from above and my eyes are filled with tears. The strength of the star comes down from the sky until, gradually, everybody bends to the earth."
Videos Language: English
Total Running Time for Both Videos: 60 minutes
Drums of the Ancestors: Manchu and Mongol Shamanism
This remarkable and unique documentary filmed in North China and Inner Mongolia during a field study sponsored by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies in 1995, offers a rare opportunity to experience the living traditions of shamanism as practiced today by the Manchu and Mongol peoples. The film includes an ancient harvest ritual, a ceremony for healing, as well as interviews with shamans. Provides rare detail of actual shamanic ritual costume and altar presentations.
Video Language: English
Total Running Time: 37 minutes
Discussion will follow viewing.
February 25, 2018
In Pursuit of the Siberian Shaman
March 25, 2018
Stepanova & Oyun
April 22, 2018
Drums of the Ancestors
2018 CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, EVENTS
Come and celebrate the traditional yearly festivals of the Ulchi people throughout the year along with various classes that provide an in-depth view of Eastern Siberian classical shamanism. Most events will take place in an outdoor setting rain or shine!
Because the Ulchi are hunter/gatherers, they followed a different pattern in seasonal demarcations other than the agricultural solstices and equinoxes. Patterns of aquatic and land migrations of animals are the foundations of this natural timing of events, along with celestial cycles of the Sun, Moon, and Stars.
Be prepared to bring food to share along with your drums (except for Water rituals). Instructions on outdoor festivities will be shown and practiced by the attending members as we follow the Way of Nature within this year-long cycle. For further information and location and times of classes and events, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday – January 14th 5-6:30 PM
The Myth of Western Shamanism and What Indigenous Healers Really Do
Wednesday – January 31st
Begins at 4:51 AM—Totality 5:29 AM
Pacific Standard Time for Seattle, Washington.
Wednesday – February 7th 7-8:30 PM
The Indigenous Art of Smudging
Thursday – February 15th
Ulchi New Year's Eve
Dinner and Celebration for current students and their family members.
Friday – February 16th
Ulchi New Year
Sunday – April 8th 9-11 AM
Spring Return of the Salmon
Sunday – July 15th 9-11 AM
Summer Tree Offerings
Sunday – September 9th 9-11 AM
Autumn Return of the Salmon
Wednesday – October 3rd 6-9 PM
Autumn Fire Ritual