WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW: I remember hearing one of my mentors, Asian American singer, spiritual-cultural activist, Nobuko Miyamoto sing of a song titled “Warriors of the Rainbow” inspired by the Hopi Prophecy. The song and the prophecy mention a time of great change and challenge that will call upon people of all colors of the “Rainbow” to be a part of this great change. This time is now. The Cultural Diversity Movement, The Green Movement, Movements of Peace and Justice… all of these movements are coming together, just as the Hopi Prophecy predicted. It is profound, and quite ironic that this theme is being held, most notably at the Museum of the American Indian. It was an honor for Eth-Noh-Tec to be one of the many “colors” of artists performing at the Smithsonian National American Indian Museum (Jan. 19, 2009, 12:30 PM & 2:00 PM). Above photos: standing along side Eth-Noh-Tec is storytelling friend Gayle Ross of the Cherokee Nation. Also shown: Tlingit dancers from Sitka AK, and members of “Sironka” a visiting entourage of Kenyan dancers.
“OUT OF MANY” A MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL AT THE SMITHSONIAN: expresses the “many” millions of people, some representing hundreds of thousands of communities and organizatons that have come together to chart a new course for this country. Eth-Noh-Tec, one of the “many” will bring to life the cultures of Asia through selections of myths and folktales that are calling out for a new wisdom, some through the cautionary form, others through a heroine’s journey, but all tales performed with the intention of summoning healing energy for our country’s soul, our nation’s healing, and an alignment with our Planetary Community.
A CAUTIONARY TALE UNFOLDS: In the storytelling world there is motif called the “cautionary tale”… though framed in the foibles and folly of fictitious circumstances, their real-time implications are lessons of wisdom to learn from. Here at the Obama Inaugural events, though celebrational, we cannot forget the chaos that immerses our world. As we speak, there a major atrocities being metted out in the name of justified wars as thousands of innocent lives are being killed. Thousands of species are becoming extinct because exploits (and exhausts) from fossil fuel based economies. We OURSELVES, The People, NOT just a new president, must shape a different future. We, Eth-Noh-Tec offer to the Inaugural audiences, “Sharing the Light” a collection of Asian wisdom tales to remind us that “hope” keeps our humanity in the light of possibility through Compassion, towards Truth, away from ignorance, hatred and fear. For if we go the path of the latter, the final chapter, according to outcome of a cautionary tale will lead us deep into the shadows of demise.