Speaker Bios


Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota—is an international speaker on Peace, Indigenous and Mother Earth perspective. A survivor of the “Reign of Terror” from 1972 to 1976 on the Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River and Rosebud Lakota Reservations in South Dakota and the US Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding and Church Missionary School systems designed to “kill the Indian and save the man,” Tiokasin has a long history of Indigenous activism and advocacy. 

He spoke as a 15-year-old at the United Nations – Lake Geneva, Switzerland. He is an active board member of Simply Smiles, and The Center for Earth Ethics. Tiokasin speaks frequently at venues such as Yale University’s School of Divinity, Ecology and Forestry focusing on the cosmology, diversity and perspectives on the relational/egalitarian vs. rational/hierarchal thinking processes of Western society. 

Tiokasin was a 2016 Nominee for a Nobel Peace Prize from the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy. He was selected for a 2016 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Fellowship in Music, and was a Nominee for a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship in 2017, National Native American Hall of Fame Nominee 2018 and 2019, He also was recently nominated for “Nominee for the 2020 Americans for the Arts Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities” and 2019 Indigenous Music Award Nominee for “Best Instrumental Album” for “From the Continuum.” He was also awarded New York City’s Peacemaker of the Year in 2013. 

Tiokasin is Founder, Host and Executive Producer of the 29-year-old award-winning “First Voices Radio” (formerly “First Voices Indigenous Radio”), a weekly one-hour live program syndicated to nearly 100 public, community and commercial radio stations in the US and Canada. 


A master musician and a teacher of magical, ancient and modern sounds, Tiokasin performs worldwide (over 50 countries) and has been featured at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Ruben Museum, Morgan Library, The Apollo Theatre, and the United Nations, and uncountable universities and concert venues. Tiokasin serves on boards of several charitable organizations dedicated to bringing non-western education to Native and non-Native children. Tiokasin is “a perfectly flawed human being” and a Sundancer in the cosmology of the Lakota Nation.


Jeff is the Associate Dean of the Faculty and Graduate Programs in the School of the Humanities and the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. He is the author of eight books, most of which deal explicitly with what he calls our “emerging mythologies” or “Super Story” around the history of science, the philosophy of mind, paranormal experiences, and our shared ethical, political, and ecological challenges.

Jeff’s full body of work can be seen at: http://jeffreyjkripal.com

He thinks he may be Spider-Man.



A 72-year-old part Native Hawaiian, Lehua was born and raised in Hawai`i and descends from a long line of Pele worshippers. She received her master’s degree in cultural anthropology (specializing in Indigenous spirituality and the stories of Pele) at the University of New Mexico. Ms. Lopez has taught keiki (children) and adult classes in Hawaiian culture for more than 40 years.  

She currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she teaches “The Metaphysics and Mysticism of Hawaiian Culture.” She also conducts ceremonies for babies being born, people in love, and those who experience traumatic events.  Ms. Lopez often talks to Jeremy and his wife Carol on the phone just to ‘tweak’ their sanity.  She is a gifted presenter and delights her audiences with mesmerizing stories and complex insights.

Lehua does not currently have a website. She’s the smart one.


Dennis spent a number of years as a senior lecturer for the Center for Spirituality and Healing, a department within the Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota. From 2006 to 2008, he was a visiting senior research scientist with the Natural Health Products Research Group at The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). He then returned to the University of Minnesota where he currently lectures.

He received his Master’s Degree in Botany from the University of Hawaii in 1979, his Ph.D. in Botanical Sciences from the University of British Columbia in 1984, and continued into post-doctoral research fellowships in the Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacology, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and in the Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine. His research has included the pharmacology, botany, and chemistry of ayahuasca and oo-koo-hé. He has also conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brazilian Amazon.

McKenna’s research led to the development of natural products for the Aveda Corporation, as well as greater awareness of natural products and medicines. He has authored numerous scientific articles and books, including The Brotherhood of The Screaming Abyss and The Invisible Landscape, which he co-authored with his brother Terence McKenna. Dennis also serves on the Advisory Board of the American Botanical Council, and on the Editorial Board of Phytomedicine, International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology.

Find Dennis online here: https://mckenna.academy


 As the author of such influential books as Warday, Nature’s End, Communion and Superstorm, and as host of the popular Dreamland podcast, Whitley ranks among the cultural forces of our time. 

To learn more and join Whitley’s massively influential website, please visit: https://www.unknowncountry.com



Author of Urgency. and I Am To Tell You This And I Am To Tell You It Is Fiction, and host of Our Undoing Radio, Jeremy will be playing host for the symposium and will likely be the source of any technical glitches.

Join Jeremy at his site: https://www.ourundoing.com

NOTE: If you see a link below this that says GET TICKETS HERE, please ignore it. It doesn’t seem to want to leave the website. There are no tickets needed. This is free live-streaming.

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