KIVA – The Call of the Wisdom Keepers


A film by
Marijke Kodden & Jaap Verhoeven
Mexico, India, Germany, The Netherlands
English, Spanish, Portuguese and German

In 1968, medicine man Raymundo Tigre Perez (Mexico/USA) had a vision. He saw indigenous Wisdom Keepers from all over the world united in a circular pit – with a fire in the heart – performing a ceremony. A spiritual ceremony for the earth, for peace and well-being of all living beings.

Only later did he discover that this was a KIVA, an ancient ceremony already used by the Anasazi 3000 years ago. Hundreds of native Wisdom Keepers answered his call and these KIVA ceremonies have been taking place around the world for more than 30 years. The KIVA ceremony is a collective call from the entire indigenous population: they have never lost touch with nature and with their ancient wisdom they can lead us to a more connected and sustainable way of life!

In this documentary we get a unique view of the KIVA ceremony, where indigenous Wisdom Keepers gather around a sacred fire and express their love via prayers, ancient rituals, songs and dance. But they also share their concern about the care for Mother Nature and humanity! Because of the moving prayers and the impressive conversations with the Wisdom Keepers – the viewer is invited to reflect upon how to heal our relationship with the Earth. ‘Because she is crying and is calling her children home!’

And so the Wisdom Keepers carry out their final call through KIVA ceremonies all over the world. At the same time they bring healing and solutions through their ancient rituals, prayers and indigenous wisdom.

Special Guests:

Toroa Aperahama is Moari Elder (New Zealand)Raised and taught the traditional ways of his Ancestors by his grandmother Te Wharehau,he has worked directly with his Tupuna (Ancestors) all his life and walks both sides of the physical and spiritual world.

Derwish Osman is Sufi Dance and Prayer (Turkey. As a follower (murid) of Sufimaster Shaukh Nazim Al-Haqqani and Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, world renowned scholars and spiritual masters of the Naqsibandiyya Sufi Order, he has the permission to give lectures and teachings in the mystic meditation of the sufi’s (sufi meditation and whirling performances).

Francesca Fralaia is a harpist, singer and artist who uses music as a means to awaken the sacred essence that is within and around us. She will musically accompany Derwish Osman’s Sufi dance with her magical tonality.

Special Guests

Toroa AperahamaMaori Elder (NZ)
Derwish OsmanSufi dance and Prayer (TK)
Francesca FralalaiHarpist & Vocalist