is the support organization of the Peyote Way Church. When you buy Mana Pottery, you not only support American handmade products, but you are also helping to support Peyote conservation.
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The Peyote Way Church,
30800 W. Bonita Klondyke Rd.,
Willcox, AZ 85643
Thank you for your continued support!
My experience was incredibly intense and unpleasant, but this later turned into an incredibly positive life-changing event for which I am very grateful to you all.
The Peyote Way Church of God is a non-sectarian, multicultural, experiential, Peyotist organization located in southeastern Arizona, in the remote Aravaipa wilderness. It is not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Native American Church, or any other religious organizations, though we do accept people from all faiths. Church membership is open to all races. We encourage individuals to create their own rituals as they become acquainted with the great mystery. We believe that the Holy Sacrament Peyote, when taken according to our sacramental procedure and combined with a holistic lifestyle (see Word of Wisdom), can lead an individual toward a more spiritual life.
Peyote is currently listed as a controlled substance and its religious use is protected by Federal law only for Native American members of the Native American Church. Non-Indian Peyote use is protected in five states : AZ, NM, CO, NV, and OR. We do not have access to Peyote where it grows in South Texas and Mexico. As it is an endangered species, we believe an essential and inseparable part of our religious practice is the growing and stewardship of the Holy Sacrament Peyote.
The Church records 140 Associate members and 12 clergy.
Vowed clergy members steward church grounds near Klondyke,
meeting the church's financial obligations by producing and selling
"Mana" black-rimmed earthenware pottery and paintings. The pottery
is the work of Rabbi Matthew S. Kent, Rev. Anne L. Zapf and Rev.
Immanuel Trujillo. Mana is the secular vehicle and financial arm of
the Peyote Way Church of God.
Peyote is a spiritual medicine. It can bring us in touch with the God within us, our Heavenly Father and our Earthly Mother. Peyote puts us in balance again with the Earth underneath our feet... Peyote is a plant sacrament. It is a plant teacher. It is a way of life. Our time in these bodies is brief. When we eat the Peyote we experience time and eternity, and it is from that vantage that, the next day, we can live our life in a very positive and non-trivial way, realizing that this day could be the last and everyone around us is our brother and sister and we need each other.
5-6pm: Panel Discussion - Indigenous Prayer in Contemporary Society: Dispelling
Myths Surrounding Traditional Spirituality
This panel discussion will shed light on the traditional and ceremonial practices
of sweat lodges, tipi meetings, ceremonial peyote, child birth, limpias and ceremony
as practiced by women from numerous spiritual traditions, including Native American
Church, African American Gospel, Sankofa, Peyote Way Church, and others. A frank
discussion about this unique and vibrant component of community in the Southwest.
Free and Open to the Public. Panelists include moderator Dr. Ella Maria Ray( MSU
Denver African Studies professor), Carrie Howell, Patricia Sigala, Christina Sigala,
Belinda Garcia, Maria Del la Cruz, Dora Esquibel, Anne Zapf , Concha Allen, Lois
Burrell and Deanna Lowman
6-7 pm: CVA Members and Special Guest Reception
7-8:30 pm: Public Reception with an artist meet and greet.
After a 2 year tour of the Southwest, the Corn Mothers return to
Colorado. The exhibition features
39 stories and portraits of women from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas.
These modern unsung heroines are multi-generational, multi-cultural and
true wild west women, who have earned the respect and admiration of
their community for their activism and creative endeavors. The exhibition, a 2007 Rocky Mountain Women's Institute and 2009 Colorado Endowment
for the Humanities award winner, is based on the Pueblo myth of the Corn Mother,
a legendary entity synonymous with Mother Earth, who represents growth, life, creativity
and the feminine aspects of the world. Featured Corn Mothers include: world-renowned Isleta Pueblo potter Stella Teller;
fine artist Evelyn Valdez-Martinez, who paints the Tarahumara; Concha Allen, a curandera
from Mexico; Patricia Sigala, education outreach coordinator at the Museum of International
Folk Art in Santa Fe; Rita Wallace, a famed Mexican folk artist and Amy Banker,
an arts activist for youth. Also featured: civil rights activist Barbara Shannon
Banister; Dora Esquibel; muralist Arlette Lucero; Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham and
Dr. Ella Marie Ray, professors of African/African American Studies MSU Denver;
and storyteller Lois Burrell. The exhibition will feature interactive workshop stations
where visitors will be able to record their own Corn Mothers stories and create
artwork using recycled materials.
Monstrous tranmission lines through Aravaipa and other irreplaceable lands in Arizona are not the answer!Learn more about the SunZia Project. This is a long battle to save our sacred wildlands being heroically waged by The Cascabel Working Group, a grassroots organization concerned with the cultural and ecological integrity of the lower/middle San Pedro Valley.
Mana, the heart of
Mana Pottery and the co-founder of The Peyote Way Church, left us on June 24, 2010. He is survived by sons Billie, Veran and Will, daughters Bonney Lou, Tamara and Faith, many grandchildren and numerous members and visitors to the Peyote Way Church of God, who loved him. Memorial date is set for 9/11/10 from 1-5pm.