Our presenters will be speaking alongside our Indigenous Leaders through the summit.

Founder of TreeSisters an organisation restoring the feminine principles of ecology with a mission to reforest the tropics within a decade.


A representative of the Puyanawa people, a community living in Acre State/Brazil who number approximately 800. They have recently gone thorough a process of cultural revival after being stripped from their land, persecuted, enslaved and made almost extinct. In 2001 their land was officially titled with assistance by the Ashaninka people.


Eunice Kerexu is a leader of the Morro dos Cavalos Indigenous Land in Santa Catarina state. Currently, Eunice Kerexu is part of the Guarani Yvyrupa Commission (CGY) coordination and is one of the main female leaders of the National Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples in Brazil (APIB) – the biggest national indigenous movement.


Benki Piyãko is a leader of the Ashaninka people and an ambassador of a paradigm change in cultural, environmental and peace activism.


His efforts have been instrumental in the replanting of over two million trees in the Amazon Forest in the last 25 years and in the creation of  socially-conscious projects that have made the Ashaninka protagonists of social change in the region.


Erena considers herself a daughter to the Whanagnui River since her river was given Human Rights 3 years ago 2016. It was her great great grandmother RereOmaki who signed the Treaty of Waitangi, in1840 for the Wanganui region, with the British crown Queen Victoria and other Maori chiefs of Aotearo, New Zealand


Kya-Xe’ Zelaya Dudney is Grandmother Flordemayo’s first born Granddaughter. She currently serves as an Ambassador and President of The Path, a non-profit founded by Flordemayo to preserve and protect sacred heirloom seeds.  Kya is a third-generation immigrant of Mayan descent.


Naba Sipa Melo is one of the most respected, powerful and experienced Idu shamans, having conducted many spiritually challenging ceremonies which involve harnessing the tiger’s spirit. Over the years, Sipa has shared this wisdom with several international and national scholars of animism and has a unique perspective on how to make Idu shamans relevant in the 21st Century.


Dedicated to creating global peace. One of the original conveners of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous 
Grandmothers. Founder of the Fountain.


An elder and tribal councilwoman of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, Casey is activist for her people, for the Rights of Mother Earth standing against oil pipelines, injection wells and fracking. She is a traditional Drumkeeper for the Ponca Pa-tha-ta Woman’s Scalp Dance Society as well as an Emmy award winning actress 


Tiago Karaí is a young leader of the Tenondé Porã Indigenous Land, situated in the south of São Paulo state's capital.


He is part of the Guarani Yvyrupa Commission (CGY) coordination and represents a new generation of Guarani leaders in the  struggle for land titling.


Moisés Piyãko is a leader and shaman of the Ashaninka people who spearheaded the titling process of his community and faced a great struggle against logging extraction in their territory. Since their land titling, in 1992, Moisés has been leading efforts of environmental restoration and cultural strenghtening in his community and in the Upper Juruá river region, an endeavour that has given them the UN Equator Prize in 2017.


Jachuka is from Tekoa (community) Tamandua, located in Misiones, Argentina. She's worked internationally for many years as a teacher of Guarani Language and Culture and as territorial technician for the National Institute of Indigenous Affairs. She wishes to draw attention to: the Mbya’s deep knowledge and care for the Atlantic forest and its many inhabitants; the importance of intercultural projects to establish locally meaningful and enduring solutions to biodiversity preservation; and the role of Mbya women in intra-community and national affairs.


Jibi is a leader within his Idu Mishmi community. Educated in New Delhi, Jipi Pulu returned to his native Dibang Valley to re-establish connections with his cultural roots. He now runs a small ecotourism initiative, mentors national and international academics interested in different aspects of Dibang Valley’s anthropology and ecology, supports local youth in biodiversity conservation and was a prominent leader of the anti-dam movement.


Elin Teilus is a singer, yoiker and artist with her sámi roots in Udtja, Sápmi. She is like a force of nature with a voice of the sweetest well, the raw force of soil and playful as the northern light. With a rebel heart and a proverb for the innocent she yoiks the unseen and unspoken that is alive in all connection. Hearing her yoik is like sitting by the fire watching stories by the ancient ones come alive in the light of the future in a weaving with everyone present. 
Singing the wild, Elin invites you to remember the untouched, sacred connection with life that dwells in human. The inherent bond with nature, Life and spirit.


Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook is the faith keeper and holder of the Afraid of Bear/American Horse Sundance Pipe. Fluent in Lakota, she serves as a Cultural Specialist on the board of The Paha Sapa Unity Alliance and The Black Hills Initiative whose mission is to return the sacred Black Hills to the Sioux Nation.


An initiated elder (Iyanifa) in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African Diaspora, Luisah holds a chieftaincy title (Yeye’woro) from the Fatunmise Compound in Ile Ife, Nigeria. She is the former Chair of the World Orisha Congress Committee on Women’s Issues, the Director of Ile Orunmila Oshun and the School of Ancient Mysteries/Sacred Arts Center in Oakland, authour of several books on African and African American Spiritual Culture.


Marcos dos Santos Tupã is a leader of the Guarani people and lives on the coast of São Paulo State. Tupã was coordinator of the main organization of his people, the Guarani Yvyrupa Commission (CGY) and is a reference in the struggle for the titling of Guarani lands.


Alexis Bunten, (Unangan/Yup’ik) co-directs the Bioneers Indigeneity Program that promotes Indigenous knowledge and approaches to solve the earth’s most pressing environmental and social issues through respectful dialogue.


Her academic work has received many prestigious awards and she has published a number of books about indigenous and environmental issues


Xiye is a 17 year old Climate Justice Activist living in NYC. In September 2018, Xiye became leader of her school’s Environmental Club, where she mobilized 600 students in the first Global Climate Strike. Since then, Xiye has taken a citywide leadership role in organizing Climate Strikes and speaking out about Climate Justice issues in rallies and Town Halls. Xiye was born and raised in Mexico as part of the Otomi-Toltec indigenous peoples, which inspires much of her environmental justice advocacy work. in 2018, she was invited to the 9th UN World Urban Forum to speak about Indigenous Cosmology. Notably, Xiye received the “Spirit of the UN” award in 2018.


An Idu shaman and village headman, whilst he is relatively new to life as a shaman, he is already considered very powerful. In choosing shamanism as his way of life amidst rapid technological and socio-economic changes in Dibang Valley, he has had to reconcile modernity with traditional ways of understanding human-nature relations. 


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