The Ghost Dance
Thousands of years ago, the roots of the Ghost Dance ritual was born from an ancient Toltec god, the Plumed Serpent, Quetzalcoatl. As a gift to his children, the Plumed Serpent gave the people the Prince of Plants: Desheto. The Mazatecan Indians of Oaxaca still benefit from plant knowledge communicated through Desheto’s pre-Colombian mushroom ritual. For many years the Prince of Plants shared this hidden history of the Americas with his scribe Ani. To deepen Ani’s knowledge, the Prince of Plants sent Ani on a journey through the most remote tribes of the Americas to find the last remnants of the ancient Ghost Dance ritual.
From 1988 to 2002, Michael Stuart Ani set the ground work for future Rainforest protection and environmentalism in Los Angeles, California by founding the Amazonia Foundation, a central part of a medical outreach program introduced to fight the epidemics among the Yanomami tribe of Venezuela. In 1992, Michael co- won the “Best of Festival” from the US Environmental Film Festival for Yanomami: Keepers of the Flame. He also directed a documentary for the Catalina Island Conservancy entitled: Going Home, which told the story of the repatriation of American bison to the Lakota people.
Stuart Ani remains dedicated to advancing the use of botanical cures to promote healing of the planet and her people.
His mission is to share what he has learned with the broader community in hopes that his message will further efforts to heal the planet.
He believes that the health of the world depends upon us all and that medicinal plants are key to our future as a species.