Evidence of the "work" that Emiliano Dias Linhares a.k.a. "Gideon" does on his followers in Brazil.
Email received January 10, 2010
Literal translation from Portuguese:
"You should come pay a little visit to BRASIL to have an expansion of conscience with AYAHUASCA and get to know the work of Godfather Gideon of the Lakota better. (Do you know why Gideon of the Lakota? Because he remembers ENTIRELY HIS PREVIOUS INCARNATION IN THAT TRIBE.) Of course nowadays the Lakota have been lost, THEY ARE BEINGS WITH LAKOTA INDIAN GENETICS AND WHITE MAN SPIRIT, and proof of that are the CASSINOS THAT THEY CONTROL AT LAS VEGAS AND ALL THE NETWORK OF BUSINESSES THEY HOLD, SUCH AS CLOTHES, WHERE THERE ARE CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL INVOLVED. I mean, YOU, LADY OWNER OF THIS SITE, DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, THAT'S WHY WE ARE HAPPY WHEN SPANIARDS STAY IN SPAIN, BRAZIL IS THE LAND OF THE GOSPEL, OF THE MIX OF RACES AND TRADITIONS FOR A NEW AGE TO BE BORN, A NEW TIME, WITH NO ROOM FOR SELFISH AND RETARDED PEOPLE, FAILED CONTINENTS THAT STOLE HUMANITY AND NOW WILL HAVE TO ANSWER TO THAT... MAY WAKAN TANKA BE WITH YOU. Jorge da capadócia (email@example.com)"
Original text received:
"Você deveria dar uma passadinha no BRASIL pra fazer EXPANSÃO DE CONSCIÊNCIA com AYAHUASCA e conhecer melhor o trabalho do Padrinho Gideon dos lakotas (sabe porque Gideon dos lakotas? porque ele recorda POR INTEIRO SUA ÚLTIMA ENCARNAÇÃO ENTRE ESSA TRIBO) claro que hoje os lakotas se perderam, SÃO SERES COM GENÉTICA DE ÍNDIO LAKOTA E COM ESPÍRITO DE HOMEM BRANCO, a prova disso são os CASSINOS QUE CONTROLAM EM LAS VEGAS E TODA REDE DE NEGÓCIOS QUE MANTÉM, COMO ROUPAS, ONDE HÁ ENVOLVIMENTO DE CIGARROS E ALCÓOL, quer dizer, VOCÊ SENHORA DONA DESTE SITE, NEM SABE O QUE ESTÁ FALANDO, POR ISSO QUE FICAMOS FELIZES QUANDO OS ESPANHOIS FICAM NA ESPANHA, O BRASIL É A PÁTRIA DO EVANGELHO, DA MISTURA DAS RAÇAS E DAS TRADIÇÕES PARA QUE NASÇA UMA NOVA ERA, UM NOVO TEMPO, SEM ESPAÇOS PARA GENTE MESQUINHA E ATRASADA, CONTINENTES FALIDOS QUE USURPARAM TODA A HUMANIDADE E AGORA VÃO RESPONDER POR ISSO... FICA COM WAKAN TANKA. Jorge da capadócia (firstname.lastname@example.org)"
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Update on Miguel Angel "Micky" Gallardo, well-known exploiter of Lakota Spirituality.
Fact - "Micky" Gallardo publishes in his website a series of texts originally compiled and translated to Spanish by us, taken from our site word by word, including the order and title, without our express permission.
Consequence - Mr. Gallardo's greed and evident ignorance, this time in relation to international copyright laws (which also protect translators and their work), have put into motion a legal process which will cost him several thousands of Euros in the least, but that perhaps he can pay with the ill-obtained profits he gets from his unfortunately naive followers.
"Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were." — Hehaka Sapa
Warning about Miguel Angel "Micky" Gallardo in Spain, another exploiter of Lakota spirituality.
"Micky" Gallardo, in his own words, "reproduces copies of native crafts", states to have been director of the "Catalunya Indian Moviment" (sic), and has basically created a complete "native" industry around his alleged association with the Lakota People. He formed what he calls the "Wolf Clan", selling memberships for 50 euros, and where he offers "rural tourism", a crafts store, and all kinds of workshops and courses on arrow shooting, shields, dreamcatchers, and "even the option to participate in an Inipi ceremony", for which he charges 50 euros per person, with discounts depending on the number and age of the attendants (for instance, "children under 15 only pay 20 euros").
And in case that wasn't enough, he also asks his site visitors, "Do you want your own Native Webpage????", and offers the service for only 300 euros. A real bargain, considering he promises to build not just any website, but very specifically a "Native" one.
His shamelessness and lack of respect for true Native traditions are evident. Mr. Gallardo, his activities and his "Wolf Clan" are a very clear example of the motives for writing, distributing, and above all enforcing the Declaration of War Against the Exploiters of Lakota Spirituality, presented by the recognized traditional spiritual leaders, traditional elders, and grassroots advocates of the Lakota people (among which were several legitimate AIM members, by the way), and adopted by the Lakota Nation since July 1993, and which, among other things, denounces people such as Mr. Gallardo, because:
"...pseudo-religious corporations have been formed to charge people money for admission into phony "sweatlodges" and "'vision quest" programs; and;
..non-Indians have organized themselves into imitation "tribes", assigning themselves make-believe Indian names to facilitate their wholesale expropriation and commercialization of our Lakota traditions; and
...our precious Sacred Pipe is being desecrated through the sale of pipestone pipes at flea markets, powwows, and "New Age" retail stores."
Miguel Angel Gallardo has now been duly identified and denounced to the Lakota authorities.
As a result, this past November 30th Mr. Gallardo sent us an email where he boasts about being "linked directly with the AIM directors" and having "express permission to carry out each and every one of our activities." He also threatens us with "legal actions" for "criticizing our work", and for "putting my name on the net without my permission."
It is a pity that, besides ignoring Lakota laws and who is truly linked with whom within the Lakota Nation, evidently Mr. Gallardo is also blatantly ignorant of the rights to freedom of expression.
It is also a shame that both he and his "friends at AIM" ignore other important sections of the mentioned Declaration of War that concerns them directly:
"We especially urge all our Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people to take action to prevent our own people from contributing to and enabling the abuse of our sacred ceremonies and spiritual practices by outsiders. As we all know, there are certain ones among our own people who are prostituting our spiritual ways for their own selfish gain, with no regard for the spiritual well-being of the people as a whole.
We assert a posture of zero-tolerance for any "white man's shaman"' who rises from within our own communities to "authorize"' the expropriation of our ceremonial ways by non-Indians. All such "plastic medicine men" are enemies of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people.
LAKOTA SACRED CEREMONIES AND TRADITIONS ARE NOT FOR SALE, MIGUEL ANGEL GALLARDO.
Warning about "Gideon" in Brazil
Emiliano Dias Linhares aka "Gideon" is a fraud. Regardless of his claims, nothing of what he says or does is related in any way to the Lakota or their spirituality. Also, the material he presents in his website has been taken without authorization from other sources.
Lakota people NEVER use the word "shaman", NEVER mix their spirituality with Christian or any other religion, and NEVER use "ayahuasca" or any other hallucinogenic or mind-altering plant or substance as part of the rituals.
"Gideon" is just another example of those fakes who only seek to feed their egos and pockets with the energy and money of their gullible followers.