To honor a week dedicated to the mothers I interviewed Vandee Crane Khalsa, an Earth Sky Woman I admire greatly. Vandee's ancestry includes Ni-u-kon-ska or Wazhazhe (Osage) on her grandmother's side, the people who once inhabited this Missouri River watershed where I now live, so I see our connection as Earth Sky Sister as vital for that reason among many others.
Vandee is a scholar, a spiritual warrior, a wise woman, a survivor of sex trafficking, and whistleblower dedicated to truth telling. She is committed to her own healing as well as support of the indigenous communities of which she is a part. Our wide-ranging and incredibly rich conversation focuses deeply on the need for us individually and collectively heal the Mother Wound as a way to transform culture.
We also explored Vandee's path moving between the worlds on the traditional indigenous path (the Red Road) and as a Kundalini Yoga practitioner; the essential values she learned from her Grandmother and the Oglala spiritual traditions that guide her, Carl Jung, synchronicity, mutual aid efforts in Indian Country, and her organization the Rise in Love Foundation: https://riseinlovefoundation.org/about/
To give to her foundation donations can be made HERE.
The end of our conversation Vandee's words moved me deeply, and I believe they will you too.