Joan Henry is a (Girl Power Academy) featured Earth Song Carrier recommendation:

Joan Henry, Song Carrier

My folks have told me I have been singing my whole life. From the time I was very small, no matter what I was doing or feeling, I sang it out. That’s what they tell me. I can remember jumping up in a first grade classroom and singing out because I saw my mother out in the hallway, looking in. So no matter if I was happy or sad, whatever I was doing I sang it out. I remember hearing songs in the leaves of the trees, and singing along or singing back to them as I hid with my bow waiting to pounce on unsuspecting people below.

My grandmother recognized me right away, and she said I would be a singer. As a teen I remember elders coming and looking for me, as if they were expecting me. They would say: “that one, the little one with the voice”. It seemed like I never really had friends my own age because I was always hanging out with the adults. Folks would sing songs to me, and then ask me to sing them back to them, and that’s how I learned. To me, I was just hanging out with these elders, and it was awhile before I realized they were teaching me all these songs. We just sang together. When I think about it, that’s the heart of oral tradition, because you can’t communicate pitch, tone, sound, timbre, feeling, intention on flat paper.

Through song they were teaching me moments, experiences, an environment that is spherical, vibrational— not static. They were waking up my original memory, the knowledge in my cells of experiencing Mother Earth all around us, of experiencing my relationship with everything that is alive. And make no mistake: everything is alive…

Where I’ve come to is the place of carrying these songs – all songs, no matter where they come from – in a good way, so that they can be sung whenever they are needed. That’s what Kanogisgi or “Song Carrier” means. It also makes you responsible to wherever a song is from and means you have to be available when that song needs to be sung. A lot of elders put a lot of time and energy into me; I have to honor that. So I’d say that I’ve come to a place now of focusing on moving the songs out into the world, and listening for the ones that  are emerging at this time, in order to bring them forth, eh? –because the Songs thread the people together, to one another and to the Earth. Songs make a living web. (~Joan Henry)


The Joan Henry “Alligator Dance” (music dance video documentary) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

Joan Henry, at her Blue Deer Center Concert, teaches the Alligator Dance to attendees. The Alligator Dance, as Joan explains, teaches the power of relationship, and is an example of native american call-and-response social dancing.


The Joan Henry “Heart and Mind” (music video documentary) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

Ms. Henry is both hahesh’kah (lead drummer) and dekanogisgi (traditional song-carrier), and a Native Women’s Traditional dancer. Encouraged by her elders, she founded acclaimed traditional drum group Mothers of Nations Singers & Dancers (later known as Sky Woman Singers) — the first women’s drum ever invited to the National Native American Veterans Powwow in Washington DC and the first to preside at Indigenous Peoples’ Day Opening Ceremonies for the United Nations — where Ms. Henry has since presented on healing & spirituality among First Nations women and offered opening prayers & song for the International Day of Peace and the World Indigenous Forum. Here she tell a wonderful story about coyote.

Please visit the Girl Power Academy post featuring:

Our Children’s Trust, Environmental Law, and Coyote Songs


Patti Clark is a (Girl Power Academy) Meditation Healing featured recommendation:

Patti Clark (healer & author)

The Girl Power Academy is honored to share the healing work of Patti Clark.  We have selected a favorite meditation, in hopes it inspires ya’ll to investigate her more current posts and recommendations.  

The Patti Clark “This Way Up Workbook” visualization (Week 2 Day3) audio meditation is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

Useful tools from Patti Clark to release and activate your creative potential: 

  1. Identify Negative Messages

Action: We all have them – limiting beliefs that have become embedded in our head. Negative thoughts such as, “I can’t do it!” Or “It’s too hard!” are self-sabotaging.

Practice: Interrupt it! Once you’ve identified those negative messages, shift your focus. Take a deep breath and interrupt your own train of thought . . . and get rid of it!

  1. Reframe the negative with positive statements

Action: Negative self-talk can be replaced by positivity with the help of a series of deliberate affirmations or questions. This creates new neural pathways and frees you from the negative spiral.

Practice: Affirm it! Create positive statements and questions. Affirmations often work, but sometimes questions work better. If your affirmation is, “I can do it. This is easy!” and your brain argues back “No you can’t It’s too hard!” then use a question instead. Something like: “What can I do today to move forward?” Or mix the two in this way: “I am moving forward easily and effortlessly. What can I do today to move forward?”

  1. Embed it! Use Creative Visualization to picture the ideal and embed it in your brain

Action: This next step takes the previous step and solidifies it; it is a powerful process. Creative Visualization is a technique which uses your own power of ‘seeing’ to attain that which you most want or want to change. You already use this technique every day. Unfortunately, we often use it in the negative by imaging all the things we DON’T want.

 Practice: Visualize it!  The key to visualization is to first see what you want, and then create a mindset that you already have it and you believe you deserve it. Relax and be sure you won’t be interrupted. Close your eyes and let the movie of you having your heart’s desire run in your mind. Enjoy the process. The more you do this, the more deeply embedded this vision becomes.

For the full post please visit Patti Clark‘s post about: Resilience!

Purchase Patti Clark‘s book! This Way Up

Patti Clark is an award winning, international best-selling author, accomplished speaker and workshop leader dedicated to helping people through various life transitions on their journey to an extraordinary life. For more than 30 years, and over several continents, Patti has been sharing her knowledge and wisdom with others. Patti’s work has been featured in several publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Mindful Word and is a frequent contributor to Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. Patti travels worldwide facilitating workshops, and runs several interactive courses online. Patti spends part of her time in the United States, and part of her time in New Zealand. This Way Up is the Winner of International Excellence Self-Help Book of the Year.

Patti Clark with her book This Way Up (Seven Tools for Unleashing your Creative Self and Transforming your Life)

Alekesam (Sal Masekela) is a (Girl Power Academy) featured Music, Surfer, Mentor recommendation…

photo of: Hugh Masekela with his son Sal

Sal Masekela is involved in several social initiatives, and is the co-founder of Stoked Mentoring, an organization dedicated to mentoring at risk youth through action sports. He also serves on the advisory boards of The Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organization which provides a daily meal to students of township schools in Soweto of South Africa, and The Tony Hawk Foundation, an organization dedicated to financing and building high-quality, legal skateboarding parks for kids. Masekela is also a strong public supporter of the Surfrider Foundation and Life Rolls On.

The Sal Masekela “Racism in Surfing” (documentary video) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

The Alekesam “All is forgiven” (music audio) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPPOSES.

All is forgiven All is forgiven All is forgiven

All is forgiven Sometimes I think about things before they happen

Floating around in my head for a while

All of a sudden it’s grown too big to handle

Changed its clothes and grown a mind of its own

Too loud to listen, too proud to put paper to the pen

Clean up this place from the vacuum of my head

Too many times zones 2000 planes

Take on the distance it only brings me back again

These books are overdue and there’s a tenderness inside

The depth of the liner watch the characters comes alive

Dip into the system feel the volume fill the space

Bending horizons fall into place All is forgiven

All is forgiven All is forgiven time will clean us Absolute

Absolution All is forgiven time is a genius Absolute Absolution All is forgiven All is forgiven

Why don’t we shift these shapes make the landscape disappear

Tectonic plates serving powers to your fears Sometimes I hear that voice when words were never spoken

Proceed with caution before glass is ever broken

Quantise the grove while it’s dancing in your head

Control emotions find them drifting instead

Too way feel better about it, go and knit some sweaters about it

Two stone statues trying hard not to laugh

Maybe there’s something in the movement, or the stillness of the air

Put that good stuff on ice and keep that elephant over there

Let’s shift through modern times, I hold the future past

None existing obstacles squarely in our path All is forgiven time will clean us

Absolute Absolution All is forgiven time is a genius Absolute Absolution All is forgiven time will clean us Absolute Absolution All is forgiven Absolute Absolution

The Alekesam “Black Cowboy” (music audio) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

Alekesam “Black Cowboy” LYRICS:

i turn show ponies into wild horses
i’m a black cowboy riding a dolphin
when you swim with me you can breathe the sea
see the breeze, be…
profiling, scuba dive, you feel me, i feel you
get up on me, canopy
enjoy the beast, like you was climbing trees

where you at
i’m trying to find you
it’s a long way to go
circle back
i’m trying to define you
it’s the wrong way to know

looking good, at the skyline
windblown, all shown
satellites, postcards
spun around, but i get there
riding well, we pace ourselves
shake those shells
rock the bells
you come to me from the future
how you do them things you do

where you at
i’m trying to find you
it’s a long way to go
circle back
i’m trying to define you
it’s the wrong way to know

morning eyes hi tide
uga booga valentine
ju ju clean craze
new sensual

Performed by: Alekesam, Written by: Selema Masekela, Sunny Levine, Eamon Ryland, Giuseppe Patane, Zach Cowie, Produced by: Sunny Levine © all rights reserved