The story of “Roots of the Earth”
“Roots of the Earth”, originally “Kanto de la Tierra”, is based on the vision of Chief Reymundo Tigre Perez, a medicine man born in the Purhepecha people who grew up in Laredo, Texas.
In the American Indian Movement Organization (AIM), in which Tigre got involved after his military service, he met the medicine men Henry Crow Dog (Lakota, Sioux), Chief Eagle Feather and Wallace Black Elk (Oglala Sioux). Following her invitation, Tigre developed himself on a spiritual path from a warrior to a medicine man and visionary.
On a sun dance, Tigre received a vision that continues to unfold in this times.
“He saw a dark-skinned woman crying. This woman was our Mother Earth. He saw how an excavation opened up in the earth and people with different colors and robes went into the earth and prayed. Joyful that her children were reunited, the woman began to sing and emit her healing power.”
By this vision, Tigre Perez recognized the need to reunite the Indian cultures and beyond that the worldwide indigenous and re-indigenous cultures in order to exchange ideas and to preserve the wonderful old customs, medicines and traditions together and to pass them on to the younger generations and interested people .
In 1976 Reymundo Tigre Perez founded “Kanto de la Tierra”, “Song of the Earth”, an association of first nations from North, Central and South America, consisting of tribal representatives from Canada to Peru. Led by a council of elders, the “Council of Indigenous Native Americans” (CINA), consisting of twelve active members, spiritual leaders, medicine people and chiefs.
The vision manifested itself more and more when the tribal representatives of the various nations of “Kanto de la Tierra” began to meet for a prayer and earth healing ceremony lasting four days and nights (revived from an ancient form of the ceremony in a Kiva, a round earth space).
The Kiva is a place of prayer and inspiration, where the sacred circle, the sacred bond that connects all nations, heals.
A fire burns in the middle, symbolizing the divine presence. Those who approach the fire recognize their own place in the circle and learn how to live in unity and harmony with all life.
This room of prayer, the Kiva, creates a positive magnetic field that transforms the mind and heart of all human beings and reunites with the beings of heaven and earth. In 1992 a delegation of 13 elders, led by Reymundo Tigre Perez, traveled to Europe. They were received by schools, universities and town halls (including in Munich) and answered questions and concerns of the audience in numerous press conferences and discussion events.
The true value of Tigre’s vision became apparent with the invitation to other cultures around the world to participate. In 1995, on the second day of the kiva ceremony in Texas, Reymundo Tigre Perez was appointed an intertribal chief by the council of elders and members of seven different tribes.
As a sign of respect for his work over many years, he was presented with a jewelry made of eagle and condor feathers (and thus another bridge between North America – the eagle and South America – the condor was built).
Two days later, Reymundo Tigre Perez changed in to the world of spirits.
The sacred fire of the Kiva-Ceremony was passed on from Reymundo Tigre Perez to three guardians, including Heriberto Villaseñor “Tecolozintli – honorable owl”, a long-time friend and companion.
Heriberto Villaseñor took on the task of continuing this ceremony and extending it to all continents. For many years Heriberto Villaseñor and his wife Nubia Rodriguez have been bringing the Kiva-Ceremony under the name “Raices de la Tierra” – translated “Roots of the Earth” – to many countries and other continents.
By lighting the Kiva fires beyond America worldwide, they are taking the Tigre vision to the next level.
This sacred ceremony of Tigre Perez has been taking place in various locations in Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Europe and India since the 80s and soon it will migrate to Africa and other countries.
In 2012 a bridge was built over the Atlantic for the first time and the ceremony was held and organized for four years in Europe in the Austrian Waldviertel by the Feuerkreis Österreich (www.feuerkreis.at), from there the ceremony moved to Holland in 2016-2019. The Kiva-Ceremony was already held in India as part of the Kumbha Mela in 2019, and ceremonies in Africa and Australia are being planned.
We are now happy to bring the ceremony to Germany, to weave in our local roots and to participate in the vision.