On November 2005 Skip Stone, the creator and webmaster of
Hippy.com or Hippyland, the world's biggest hippie site on the internet,
a site that has over 225,000 registered members, posted an article of mine
on Hippy.com's "Activist Spotlight" forum. In
the article I wrote
about the simular history and commonalities of my
visionary mission and the visionary mission of The Farm,
the biggest hippie community in the
world. And after my article was
posted on hippy.com's, "Activist Spotlight" forum, I sent
an e-mail to The Farm's Ecovillage...informing its director
and other members of the Ecovillage about my "Activist Spotlight"
article. In the e-mail, I also
included a link to another article
of mine that Skip Stone had recently posted on his website's
sister site, Coolove.org. In response
ALBERT BATES, the director of The Farm's Ecovillage wrote,
in respect to the Coolove.org
Mr. Bates is an internationally renowned hippie countercultural activist
and a very prominent member of The Farm. He became a
global authority on ecovillages, founding the Global Village Institute for
Appropriate Technology. He is the author of several
books. One of his books Climate in Crisis was introduced by Al
Gore. Bates, as an attorney, argued environmental and civil
rights cases before the U.S Supreme Court and served on the steering
committee of Plenty International for 18 years, focusing on
relief and development work with indigenous peoples, human rights and
When I wrote the following article about my evolving, hippie
countercultural visionary mission I was of a somewhat New-Age hippie
expression of Catholicism, and moving toward a full
conversion to the hippie expression of the New Age religion. I am now
of the hippie expression of the New Age religion. It's called
. Ever since my conversion, my understanding
of my hippie counterculture visionary mission has been complete.
I am now of a somewhat "Christian" expression of the New-Age hippie
religion. A few notes of mine are presented along with the following
"Activist Spotlight" article.
The Native word "wakan" is also spelled "wahkon." In the following article I spelled it [wakan].
A 1960s hippie activist
by Thomas Ivan Dahlheimer
This article is about my contemporary, Thomas Merton influenced, youth of the
1960s counter-cultural mission
and [associated] international geographic site, name-changing movement.
Note in 2013: My countercultural mission
is still influenced a lot by Thomas Merton.
In Minnesota, "the land of ten thousand lakes", there is a large and beautiful lake
named Mille Lacs. Its outlet river is named Rum. The "Sioux", or Dakota Indian,
name for the Rum River is Wakan, which is translated
as Spirit or Great Spirit. According to historical documents
found in, "Minnesota Geographic Names", a book
written by Warren Upham, and published by the Minnesota Historical
Society... in the late 1700s, white men gave
the Rum River its current name by way of a "punning translation"
that "perverted the ancient Sioux name Wakan".
I became aware of this profanation of the sacred Dakota name for the
"Rum River" some twenty five years ago.
And then 10 years ago I established a movement to change the river's profane name.
When I discovered this profanation of the sacred Dakota name Wakan,
I was participating in a - worldview around
the word wakan - movement. (The word wakan sometimes
translates as sacred or holy) This movement originated
as a part of the 1960s youth counter-cultural revolution. A revolution with
a mission to establish a single united
global culture, a culture made up of the best of the past of all the worlds'
different peoples' cultures and
traditions. A culture wherein, we hoped, all of humanity
would eventually be united. This movement was founded
on lyrics in the Beatles' song Imagine: "hope you join
us and the world will be as one".
And this movement is still active. Near Summertown, Tennessee, there
is a 250-member and very successful youth
of the 1960s counter-cultural commune with a - worldview around the
word wakan - hippie visionary mission. Its
founder and leader [Stephen Gaskin] is internationally known
and his commune has gained national recognition as
a creditable environmental organization.
The "Sioux" are used to portray all Native tribes in Hollywood, anyone wanting
to see a "real Indian" wants to
see a war bonnet and a tipi. Therefore, I believe that the world psychic views
all Natives as “Sioux”; and
that when people watch the traditional Hollywood movies about Natives
they often hear the "Sioux" using the
word wakan [sacred], or the combined words Wakan-Tonka [Spirit-Great].
Hence, a lot of people believe that the
word wakan and the name Wakan-Tonka are used by all Native tribes.
Stephen Gaskin once wrote: "The word
wakan has a strong and universal concept and people all around
the world know something about it."
Because the members of my organization believe that Native culture has the most valuable features of all
cultures, features such as kinship tribalism, an ecological spirituality, a charismatic spirituality...etc.,
and also because we have therefore made it the predominant culture of our globalization movement, we therefore
describe our movement as a - worldview around the word wakan - movement.
Note: When this article was posted it was mostly yours truly who
was promoting the kinship tribal way. However, currently, some of the other
members of my organization, those who are also members of my extended material kinship family,
the Mr. and Mrs. I.C. Rainbow family, are now becoming more involved with this movement.
And it is by way of our Rum River name-change movement that we are promoting respect for traditional Native
culture and spirituality. And we are doing so by showing respect for the sacred Native word wakan as well as the
sacred Native name Wakan.
The Tekakwitha Conference is an international Catholic Native conference that represents many tribes throughout
North America. And at the 1983 annual Tekakwitha Conference, a conference that I attended, a missionary Priest
addressed the conference and said: "There is a whole worldview behind the word wakan."
And during the 1983 conference, I was interviewed by Matthew Fox. At the time, Fox was the international leader
of the Catholic Church's single united global culture movement. And at the beginning of the interview, Fox told me
that Thomas Merton had asked him to reach out to the youth of the 1960s counter cultural revolution with the
intent to help them find the truth and live holy lives. And then Fox asked me, a hippie counter cultural
revolutionary, what I thought about this connection with Thomas Merton. I responded by telling him about my--
strongly influenced by Merton--worldview around the word wakan--hippie counter-cultural mission. And near the
end of the interview, Fox ask me to keep in touch with him, so as to keep him informed about the progress of my
mission. And just recently, Fox, emailed me to give his support for the effort to change the profane Rum
Note: Fox and I have both left the
Roman Catholic Church. Fox is now at least close to being of
the New Age religion. And I am of the New Age religion.
And during the 1983, Mr. & Mrs. I. C. Rainbow family reunion my uncle Don Rainbow addressed the seventeen
families gathered at that Rainbow family reunion and said: " A Rainbow is a sign of God's salvation plan and
I believe that we may be used to glorify God more than any other family in the world." He made this very
grandiose statement after I spoke to him about my vision of our family coming together in kinship tribalism
in order to promote the tribal way and to also promote my expression of the counter-culture's--worldview around
the word wakan--mission.
Years later, I met and became friends with Chris McCloud, an internationally renowned song writer, who in the
1960s socialized with Paul McCarthy and other internationally known counter cultural leaders. When McCloud
was socializing with McCarthy he was of the, strongly influenced by Thomas Merton, Catholic expression of the
counter culture's--world unifying--globalization movement, and he is still of the Catholic
expression to this present day.
Note: Chris McCloud and I parted
ways quite a few years ago and we no longer correspond. Nowdays, I and some other former Catholics
are of what is being called "
a new form of Roman Catholicism." Within this
new form of "Catholicism" (which is beyond the Church's dogmatic boundries) we have
a "new eschatology." Click
here to find more information this topic.
In the 1960s, I met and became friends with Richard Carter. Carter was a San Francisco Bay area leader of the
counter-cultural revolution and he occasionally met with Stephen Gaskin. When Gaskin and his commune moved
to Summertown Tennessee, Carter his wife [Lois] and myself traveled to Wahkon, Minnesota. Currently, Carter is
an internationally renowned environmentalist. And the headquarters of the Rum River name-change movement are
now located in Wahkon. Wahkon is a different spelling of the name Wakan.
These mentioned above experiences inspired me to increase my dedication to my mission of promoting my
expression of the counter-culture's worldview movement around the word wakan, and to do so, by showing respect
for the Native word wakan. And in order to show due respect for the sacred Native word wakan, I, as previously
mentioned, established a movement to change the profane name of the Rum River.
My organization’s efforts to change the river's name has received support from a very long list of organizations
and individuals. Some of them include: a Mdewakanton Dakota Community, a Mdewakanton Dakota organization,
Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Tekakwitha Conference (an international Catholic Native organization),
the UN Secretariat of the Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues, the National Environmental Coalition of Native
Americans, Joe Day (Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council), Russell Means (internationally)
renowned American Indian activist), Pat Albers (Chair of the University of Minnesota's American Indian Studies
Department), Archbishop Harry Flynn (of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul), American Indian Cultural
Research Center at South Dakota's Blue Cloud Abbey, the University Creation Spirituality, Pax Christi USA, and
many other human rights organizations, internationally renown Native activists, historic preservationists as well
as thirty pastors of Christian churches located within the "Rum" River area.
For more information about the Rum River name-change movement click
Click the following link to read an article about my hippie counterculture mission
Rev. Matthew Fox And The New Spirituality
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