Daughter of the Aaniiih, Nakoda/Dakota/Lakota Nations
Valdean Mountain El Assad
Founder and Executive Director
“The vision started in the ‘90s in New York City; many wisdom-keepers of different cultures, shared with me the original, sacred intent of America. People of all different colors were to come to the West and meld their wisdom with the Aboriginal People of this continent to become whole human beings balanced in spirit, soul, mind and body.
We moved home to my roots at Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and found that Montana is where Phoenixfire will take flight. We are sharing our wisdom of the Sacred Phoenix, White Buffalo and Whirling Rainbow. We ‘gather the flames’ of the sacred fire to spiral out to the four directions and re-spin the ‘Web of Life.’ Our voices are singing loud to the heartbeat of Mother Earth, echoing out our ancestor’s wisdom flowing through our DNA, to remember who we are and rise as the Phoenix. We open the new cycle as a human family, the ‘Tree of Life’ is restored and our gift is becoming the whole human beings we were meant to be. Love Is All There Is. A’ho.”
"With a visible breath, I am walking; I am walking toward a buffalo nation, and my voice is loud.
With a visible breath, I am walking; I am walking toward this sacred object."
-White Buffalo Calf Woman (Ptesan Winyan)
"The Whirling Rainbow is the promise of peace among all Nations and all people. The Rainbow Race stresses equality and opposes the idea of a superior race that would control or conquer other races…..brings peace through the understanding that all races are one. The unity of all colors, all creeds working together for the good of the whole, is the idea that is embodied.
When all pathways to wholeness are respected by all cultures, the prophecy of the Whirling Rainbow will be completed.”
-Manataka American Indian Council
The Phoenix is a universal known, sacred bird living in the desert. Every 500 years the phoenix cries a beautiful song and bathes in the water of a well. The Phoenix builds itself a nest in a tree and is consumed into flames. A new phoenix is reborn from the ashes and flies to Egypt; symbolizing life, rebirth, renewal and immortality. Phoenix is a constellation in the Southern Sky.
Phoenixfire is creating a place where “oneness with the universe” is reborn; to restore our natural harmony with the universe; to educate and explore the evolving fusion of ancient people’s wisdom with present day living and voice to the world, “We Are All Related.”
Phoenixfire is finding a voice and a movement by working cooperatively with wisdom keepers of diverse nations and cultures and then translating that voice and movement to the outside world through multi-media outlets.
The Flames Are Gathering
Web of Life - World Peace Journeys (Cultural Exchange) to
the 4 Corners worldwide to honor Mother Earth’s sacred sites and interweave “Whirling Rainbow Bridges" of commonalities of all life.
Staff of Life - Educate and explore food sovereignty. Traditional ways of knowing and being- Buffalo, Berries, Corn, Roots, Gathering, Hunting
Sustainability- Seeds, Gardens, Greenhouses
Circle of Life - Support Women’s Gathering Societies, Elder Mentorship, Star Sisters Network and Men's Societies to promote balance of spirit, soul, mind and body.
Cup of Life - Co-build an International Memorial recognizing the Genocide of Indigenous Peoples- “Healing the Soul Wounds of Indigenous Peoples.”
Flower of Life - Co-build a Biosphere Pilot-Site from an Indigenous viewpoint; Tipi Village aligned with the Universe, Women’s Wellness Mother Earth Tipi Lodge Retreat, dome greenhouses etc.
Key of Life - Produce media projects (TV, Film, Doc., Web TV) on histories that deserve to be told. International campaign to “Honor Mother Earth, Women and Girls,” World Peace Journeys and “We Are All Related,” from an Indigenous viewpoint. Build retail name brand designs offering enterprise opportunities to low-income households.
Tree of Life - Co-sponsor and produce events on “Honor Mother Earth, Women and Girls, World Peace Journeys and “We Are All Related,” from an Indigenous viewpoint.
To create a place for the Rising Phoenix and serve as a voice for Mother Earth and all living beings.