Drums of the Ancestors - January 20th

Manchu and Mongol Shamanism

Bristol… The One-World Library Project will present Drums of the Ancestors at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol on Thursday, January 20 from 6:30 -8:00 p.m.  Presenter Susan Grimaldi will show the film Drums of the Ancestors:  Manchu and Mongol Shamanism, a documentary which was filmed in North China and Inner Mongolia, during a field expedition in 1995.  The 37-minute film offers a rare opportunity to experience the living traditions of shamanism.  This film includes an ancient harvest ritual, a ceremony for healing as well as interviews with shamans.  Grimaldi will recount the difficulties encountered during the 1995 expedition, which entailed covert surveillance by the secret police, visits to remote villages, and a crossing of the Gobi dessert. A discussion and question and answer period will follow.

Grimaldi has been instrumental in the re-emergence of shamanic traditions in contemporary China.   Shamans (pronounced SHAH-mahns) practice a form of spiritual healing that is found in many ancient traditions around the world.  Shamans are distinguished by using “journeys to hidden worlds” that are otherwise mainly known through myth, dream and near-death experiences.  During the last decade, there has been a revival of shamanic practices among ethic minorities all across China with shamanism beginning to be recognized as an integral component of Chinese traditional cultures.   Susan was invited back to China in 2007 to present to Communist Party officials and academics explaining her vision of how Chinese society could re-integrate shamanism and expand resources for serving the population. 

Susan Grimaldi is an internationally renowned Native American shaman, based in Vermont.  Susan began having visions at age seven and has practiced the art of visionary healing from the age of nineteen.  She is a Field Associate with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, specializing in audio-visual documentary work with tribal shamans from around the world.

The One-World Library Project is a “world library within a library” with a collection of books, films, and other media about world cultures.  OWLP items are available for community members to check out at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol.  The One-World Library Project also hosts regular programs at the library on the various fascinating cultures that fill our planet. For more information about the One-World Library Project explore our website, check out our Facebook page at OneWorld, or call 453-4147.  The Lawrence Memorial Library, which hosts the One-World Library Project, is located at 40 North Street in Bristol and has a full listing of items in the One-World Library in their online catalog, www.lawrencelibrary.net.  For a map to the library, click here.

Elin Melchior,
Jan 9, 2011, 6:33 PM