To educate with and preserve indigenous perspectives inspiring appreciation of cultures, healing, and strengthening wellness in communities.
The resurgence of Indigenous peoples' visibility upon their own lands on Turtle Island began during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Incidentally, the advocacy and activism of Indigenous voices across the world had begun since the beginning of each region's colonization. However, colonial covert tactics brought about through political and jurisdictional power, silenced our voices, keeping indigenous people hidden in plain sight, Fortunately, the collective power of the Civil Rights movement eradicated Indigenous invisibility for the dominant populace and brought an awareness of different philosophies, ideologies and spiritual consciousness across the globe to those interested in change, and connecting Indigenous peoples to each other. Many people for the first time realized that Native Americans were still living on their homelands in North America.
Today, Indigenous peoples across the planet continue to speak out against the disturbances brought upon their lands, cultural lifeways and economic imbalance.
Despite our presence, we continue to suffer from the imbalances in our society. Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual concerns and issues have plagued our nations for over 500 years by incomplete relations caused by colonization. The loss of culture, language and spiritual lifeways traditionally facilitated and directed by Elders have erased the wellbeing of many of our people. Fortunately, there are those among us who continue to carry on with the cultural consciousness of their ancestors and have remained living upon their homelands. Though they are few, they are very valuable to us all. Like indigenous plants that are considered superfoods, they are carrying their ancestor's strength from the region of their origins. Their presence enhances the wellness of the Earth and to all that comes into such environments. L.U.T.E.A. honors and advocates such treasures as gifts to us all.
L.U.T.E.A. Lyceum of Universal Teachings of Earth's Ancestors. is an indigenous grassroot 501 c 3 nonprofit charitable organization.
based in Del Norte County in California.
L.U.T.E.A. is founded upon an Indigenous sustaining principle hinaak towis henaak (living a good life) which is Right Relationship building.
Our founders and honored culture bearers who we affiliate practice Indigenous principles of respect, responsibility, and reciprocity upholding Right Relations.
These Indigenous ethical practices are incorporated as L.U.T.E.A..'s best practice principles. We at L.U.T.E.A. (who consist near 98% of Indigenous women) advocate and are dedicated to increase access and knowledge of Indigenous culturally driven lifeways and practices for indigenous and non-indigenous peoples' wellness.
We offer cultural educational programs and events facilitated by Indigenous culture bearers and Elders to acknowledge and respect Indigenous culture and knowledge.
Our namesake and mentor is our ancestor Nelumbo Lutea, the endangered Indigenous North American Lotus who survives in obscure undisturbed regions
nourishing the environment and waters where only she can live ... is still here.
And like our ancestor Nelumbo LUTEA,
we wish to gently live, sustaining our environment and community, offering friendship along life's pathway
during times of need as well as celebration.