Native Land Acknowledgement
Bulalayaw Rainbow Bridge Village sits on Tewa, Nambe Pueblo, and Jicarilla Apache lands, with Diné, Taos and Hopi Pueblos surrounding. We acknowledge that these lands were taken by settler-colonists whose ancestors have continued to occupy them. We, as people not native to this land, strive to always act with respect to the tribes whose land we occupy and strive to continue to do better for the peoples who should be here and their ancestors. We honor healing and restitution efforts as part of our own indigenous reclamation work, and stand by our sisters and brothers against colonization, imperialism, capitalism which are inherently damaging to indigenous and native societies.
Carolyn Gamiao was residing in California when she envisioned creating a space for art and wellness on land that would allow people to connect with themselves, their community, Mother Earth. Carolyn had witnessed firsthand the suffering of many marginalized people living in different parts of the world through her work as an environmental and social consultant, and, having received spiritual guidance from a Native American elder spirit, she answered the calling to make the vision happen.
Carolyn's lifelong friend, Mila Anguluhan, told her about a piece of land for sale in Santa Fe, New Mexico, close to where she lived. During the visit, a separate parcel of land caught Carolyn’s attention. This land was run down, unkept, and untended, but something about it caught her heart. She saw rainbows while driving on the road to the land on three occasions, one by herself, another one with her mother, and another with her friend, Mila. Because of these rainbows, she decided to name the site "Bulalayaw," which means "rainbow" in her native Ilocano tongue. She contacted the owner, who requested an essay describing her purpose and vision for the land. Initially perplexed, she later learned that the owner’s deep love for the land obligated him to wait for the right person to care for and develop it. She was that person.
Tomas Robison had just arrived in Santa Fe in December 2018 in search of a community that would nurture his newfound path of sacred relationship with nature, spirituality & himself. He posted online and within 2 hours received a reply from Carol about the place that she intended to host resident artists like Tomas to further steward the land. Since he has arrived, Tomas has continued to clean, cultivate, nurture, and beautify the land. He is now the camp manager of Rainbow Bridge Wellness Village.
In early 2019, Mamerto “Lagitan” Tindongan was in search of a new home for his Ifugao Healing Hut, which had been built in Ohio. Leny Strobel of the Center for Babaylan Studies told Mila about this who, in turn, passed the information to Carol. Carol whole-heartedly offered the place to Lagitan and Lagitan graciously accepted. With the loving community effort in raising funds for the transport of the Ifugao Healing Hut, Mamerto arrived here in March 2019. In May a community celebration was held to welcome Lagitan and the native hut, with Native American guests, CfBS elders and local community members. Today, the Ifugao Healing Hut & other beautiful sculptures by Lagitan continue to enshrine the land and embody the sacred energy of art, nature, and human experience.
Together, these four elders have envisioned a dream and taken steps to manifest the place into a space of wellness, co-creation, and celebration of wisdom traditions. They whole-heartedly serve the community in offering this space for communing with Mother Earth and returning to simple living and inherent knowledge.
Be a place that fosters expansion of consciousness, mind-body-spirit-nature connection and the embodiment of ideals and wisdom traditions for personal empowerment, conscious living and personal and earth healing.