A conversation circle with Candomblé and Mohawk elder/activists, Makota Valdina Pinto and Louise Herne, September 20, 4 p.m. Makota Valdina Pinto is an ethicist, environmental justice activist and an elder in the Congo-Angola tradition of the Afro-Brazilian religion, Candomblé. Ms. Pinto is also a specialist in the ritual pharmacology of the Afro-Indigenous religious traditions of northeastern Brazil.
Louise Wakerakatse Herne, a Clan Mother of the Mohawk Longhouse of Akwesasne. Ms. Herne, is a respected ceremonial leader, counselor and community organizer responsible for protecting and passing on traditional spiritual and cultural teachings. She is also an activist whose work combines organizing for environmental and gender justice and advocating for the rights of indigenous people in North America.