Across the world gathers a global community of conscientious men, women, and children gather around the fire and indigenous prayers to walk a path of the sacred plant medicines, of great healing, of powerful prayer, of traditional songs, of deep commitment, and of honoring the Great Spirit inherent on all things, big and small, animated and still, visible and invisible. From the two legged to the four legged, to the ones that fly, to the ones that swim, to the great ones that have not moved for eons, these people worship the Earth, the Sky, the Sun. They choose to live in harmony with all beings on this planet as they are our relations and ancestors. They shy away from gurus and ideologies, receiving strength, clarity, wisdom, wellbeing, and prolonged guidance from the masters of consciousness, the sacred visionary plants (Las Plantas Sagradas).
Since I first arrived in Latin America in 2014, I began to walk this path, alongside shamans, traditional healers, 'curanderos', 'yageceros', 'peyoteros', 'temazcaleros', and many other powerful, magical, and mysterious figures. In this process I have seen many things that many modern cultures have discarded, and I have seen many unexplainable, magical things that not everyone may come to experience, nor begin to believe is possible. But for the profound teachings, and the deep healings of mind, body, heart and soul I have experienced, I express gratitude to my path, to the Great Spirit, to Pachamama, the Mother Earth, to the Grandfather and Grandmother plant spirits; Yagé, Ayahuasca, Peyote, Santo Daime, San Pedro, Kambo, Tobacco, Mama Coca, amongst many others. My journey has brought me from the dark and humid sweat lodges to the sacred desert of Wirikuta, Mexico, to the Vision Quest in the Cordilleras of Colombia, to the healing huts of indigenous shamans of the Amazons. I have met many great people along the way, with great hearts, and great minds, all praying and walking this path for the same reason, to create a better life for themselves and for all their relations, now and 7 generations forward.
These images are an ongoing collection of portraits, landscapes, traditions, beliefs, and unique moments of my personal experience walking the medicine path and the Red Road of the First Nation peoples' legacies. Beyond being my photographic subjects, these people are my family, those of whom I can trust my life and my secrets. I honor my path alongside theirs in sharing these images with the viewer, so that the world may rejoice to know, that there are many good souls out there, fighting for our Mother Earth, for the evolution of mankind, and the transcendence of consciousness through faith, prayer, music, and great internal changes. The divine exists everywhere, especially within ourselves, and as our ancestors had predicted, the time to awaken and unite as one human race is now.