Bearheart, LMT and Crow Swimsaway, PhD founded
the Church and incorporated it with the State of
Ohio on December 17, 1990. They serve as its
primary clergy and are responsible for training
and ordaining others to serve the ministry of
Shamanic journey work is an excellent tool
for self-empowerment and self-healing. It is
transformative on its own and an effective
compliment to other healing methods. The
shamanic path is a profound entryway into
Bekki and Crow are shamanic practitioners
and teachers with eclectic training and
experience. Each has been led to this path by
Spirit and and spent many years seeking
understanding of the shamanic healing through
personal practice. Each has sought out training
with outstanding native and non-native teachers
to augment their knowledge. Each practices an
eclectic form of shamanism that draws on the
commonalities of shamanic practice throughout
the world, informed by the ancestors and other
helping spirits. and the teachings they have
received from those spirits they have been
privileged to work with.
Crow's doctorate is in social and cultural
anthropology. Bekki's academic background is in
the arts (including a teaching certification in
art) and psychology.
Crow and Bekki offer the major traditional
methods of shamanic
de-possession and soul guiding work. They teach
students in a variety of disciplines, on all
levels from introductory to advanced
practitioner. Most often, Crow teaches his
workshops and Shamanic Apprenticeships at Dragon
Waters in New Marshfield, OH; Bekki teaches
primarily in Ithaca NY. When possible, they
assist each other in their teaching programs.
As licensed ministers, Crow and Bekki
rituals to celebrate life's transitions.
They have often offered these services in
tandem; currently Bekki offers these services in
Ithaca, except by special arrangement.
Crow and Bekki also spent several decades as
professional tattoo artists, starting in 1982,
when Crow trained with Cliff Raven in Hollywood.
During their years of professional tattooing
they focused their energies on ceremonial,
ritual and shamanic healing tattoos. See their
Bear Walks, Crow Talks for several
articles about healing through tattooing.