Wisdom Keepers

Rod McAffee

Rod McAffee

Rod McAfee is an Akimel O’odham (Pima) elder.  Raised “by the desert” on his Arizona reservation, Rod witnessed the assimilation of most of his family by Western religions, education, and culture, and still managed to retain his native language and beliefs.  He is intimately connected to the original medicine of water.  A former drug and alcohol counselor for the Native American Rehabilitation Association, Rod is a pipe carrier and active in ceremonies throughout the United States.  For fifteen years Rod led ceremonies for Native inmates in prisons in Oregonand Washington.  He is also the lead singer for the Spirit Learning Drum.  He is married to Linda Neale, family therapist, author of "The Power of Ceremony: Restoring the Sacred in Our Selves, Our Families, Our Communities". She is founder of the non profit Earth & Spirit Council, which connects young people to Native traditions through its Natural Way School Initiative.  They live in Portland, Oregon.

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