Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World
On October 12, 2012, Red Crooked Sky was honored to participate in a signature concert for His Holiness, the 14th Dalia Lama of Tibet. During the “Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World” presentation, His Holiness humored and inspired a sold-out audience of over 15,000 at the nTelos Amphitheater in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In honor of the significance and historical importance of this event, Red Crooked Sky was asked to serve as indigenous ambassadors for the Commonwealth of Virginia. After receiving a standing ovation for their dance exhibition, Keith had the honor of presenting a hand-beaded ohm necklace created by Phyllis Campbell (Choctaw).
In return, His Holiness gifted Keith a blessed kata. The kata is a traditional ceremonial offering scarf used in Tibetan Buddhism. It embodies purity and compassion, specifically symbolizing the pure heart of the giver.
SACNAS: Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science
SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.
SACNAS achieves mission impact through outcome-based programming and initiatives. Each year SACNAS holds a National Conference to motivate, inspire, and engage participants to achieve their highest goals in pursuing education and careers in STEM fields.
On October 30, 2015, Red Crooked Sky provided a 30-minute cultural performance as part of SACNAS’ National Diversity in STEM Conference. The performance included an overview of local Native American history and demonstration of diverse dance styles.