Museum Show and Honoring Ceremony
Pen and Ink
Carmen with her wife, Denise
Speaking at the UNCSW
From the UNCSW
Carmen Baraka’s Native American Name is Spirit Warrior. She is an instructor of global native women’s wisdom, consciousness, activism through native traditional practices and ceremonies. Her Apache, Cherokee and Colombian-Peruvian Indian heritage bring a unique and powerful perspective to her work. She has been gathering circles to empower women and girls for over 30 years. Her work involves private invitational gatherings, community aid and education and a recent address to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women regarding the plight of Native women and girls. Her strong sense of history and injustice is driving her forward to reach new goals.
Although aware of the chain of broken treaties, the atrocities of the Indian schools, continuing racism, sex trafficking and the oppression of the reservation system, she chooses to embody the most positive aspects of her heritage: “We have endured unbelievable hardship, and we survive and reach out to bring the circle of rainbow beings together and pray for the healing for all.”
Whether exercising her skills one on one as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for a neglected and abused child, providing spiritual inspiration through group invocations or framing objectives for future projects, Carmen brings a much needed empathy, understanding and sense of urgency to the issues she highlights. “My quest is to bring indigenous ceremony and circle to bridge the gap between cultures, remind us that our ancestors all began in circle and I believe finding our way back to that paradigm will be our healing.”
Thank you for witnessing
the Spirit Warrior Exhibit
We invite you to leave your reflections in the Comments section below.
Special thanks to:
Denise Wrenden and all Family Members of Carmen Baraka
Shiloh Sophia, Curator – Spirit Warrior Virtual Show Producer
Amber Gould – Exhibit Page Design
Jonathan McCloud – Technology Support
Anne Labrie – Gallery Store Support
A beautiful quiet moment with your soul. Thank you.
What a beautiful show and an incredible woman. My moments with Carmen and Denise at Intentional Creativity gatherings and their home are forever etched in my memory. For reasons I didn’t understand I was extra present in those moments and I am so grateful to have had her in my life. Thank you Shiloh and team for bringing this beautiful soul into my life.
Carmen Bakara’s beautiful voice is such a profound reminder of the power we have when we stand together as sisters — thank you spirit warrior mother Carmen! I, too, stand for us women and girls to shift the paradigm with the power of the Divine Feminine storytelling with our art. My brave warrior spirit rises up too – when i stand in circle with you and Maestro Shiloh Sophia in Rainbow tribes with all of our indigenous sisters. I am truly blessed to be in the presence of such Divine inspiration.
A true leader, I wish I had had a chance to really work with her! Beautiful SoulFull artwork💖
Lovely work really enjoyed it, you are an inspiration in many ways. I was also a Casa for many years, I am retired today and I am an artist and a poet. I absolutely love your work.