Amos Rodriguez

Cultural Mentor, Instructor

 

Biography

Hiking and hunting in the hills and volcanoes of Central America as a young adult gave Amos Rodriguez the foundation of a life of learning and practice. While working as a community activist assisting villages in community development and organization in El Salvador, Amos formed a living practice of applied Native self-identification and understanding. Spiritual journeys such as the Sundance Ceremony of the Oglala Lakota Sioux have reinforced the pillars in which his Spiritual life and practice are based.

Growing up during a time of heavily armed conflict made the increase of both urban and wilderness survival and awareness skills a necessity. Direct experience with political and religious persecution during this time also inhibited spiritual development, underlining the overwhelming need of strong sustainable communities.

He studied Art and Anthropology after receiving a scholarship to finish his higher education in the United States. This education as well as experiences of extensive travel Latin America and Europe allowed him to study and inquire deeper into his spiritual practice and gave him a broad base for immersion into native study and practice.

“In 2006 I attended a ceremony in South Dakota Called the Sun Dance at the wild horse sanctuary in The Sacred Paha Sapa Mountains. This experience changed my life. I continued attending the ceremony run by the Afraid of Bear and American Horse tiospayes as a supporter, and I have dance the Sundance from 2011-2014. This spiritual practice is a very important but humble prayer and is one of many important rituals, some of which are similar to the prayers that the Maya / lenca / pipil communities practiced in Mesoamerica during pre-Columbian times. One of such ceremonies is the Inipi / Temazcal or purification ceremony, which takes place on a covered dome and is heated by pouring water on hot stones. These rituals are part of a spiritual life and practice, which is also accompanied by the continuous learning of traditional skills.”