Eneke-Alish Huaute, wife of Grandfather Semu Huaute. Having had a traditional Chumash wedding ceremony, had to go eight years of intense training to be the wife of a medicine man like Grandfather Semu Huaute (Brave Wise Like Owl). Grandfather has given Eneke-Alish Huaute the legacy to carry on his dream of an inter tribal and inter racial educational healing center with the help of the people working together in unity and peace.

Tonita Largo/Amuah Anwa is O’Odom,  Apache and Cahuilla, a traditionalist (practicing the traditional way of living). Grandfather had a ceremony so she would be the Clan Mother and Spiritual Advisor. This was performed on Chumash land years ago. Amuah Anwa worked with Native American youth for over 30 years and is continuing to work with native elders in her community. Amuah Anwa’s daughter, Laurie Sisquok has learned many crafts from her mother and Cahuilla elders, basketry, how to make the acorn and how to gather the plants for food, shelter and medicine.

Alida Montiel/Earth Feather is from the yaqui tribe. She lives on the Pima Maricopa Reservation in Arizona. Earth Feather is the health systems analyst for the intertribal council of Arizona. Earth Feather was living on Chumash land with Grandfather Semu as well as many others. She listened well to Grandfather's teachings, helped write Proposals that helped make it possible to get a deep water well funded, the green house and many more projects Grandfather was creating.

Rosemary Morillo is Cahuilla and Saboba from the Saboba Reservation in California. She is a traditionalist and holds the Vice-chair for the tribal council. Rosemary is highly respected among her “people”. She helps the elders and children, gathers the acorn, plants and enjoys making baskets.

Julie Tumamait is Chumash from Ojai California. Her Father was “Vincent Tumamait”, he was an Island Descendant, he could call the dolphins and was a Story-Teller. Julie learned from her “Dad” the “old ways”. She follows the traditions in ceremonies and setting up ceremonial and educational programs.  Also she is the Tribal Chair of a non-profit Chumash Group.

Bonnie Fournier/Alkupe Haya  is Wintun and Lakota Sioux and lives in northern California. She is a traditionalist and knows many crafts. Where she lives she communicates with the animals. Bonnie told me a bear came through not long ago and a bobcat lay lazily in the grass by her home part of the day.  Bonnie participates in Sweat Lodge ceremonies. She helped an elder with the drug and alcohol problem by helping set up a rehab meeting place and became secretary for these programs for three years.

Mary Ann Wells/ Nohoqwee is from Houston, Texas.  Mary Ann has lived in California since 1987.  She is of Cherokee affilation from her father's side. She is a Massage Therapist  and works with Aroma Therapy Oils & plants used for healing. Mary Ann works with a professional College  for Pet Careers.  She lives in Encinitas, California and feels honored to be with Akiwa Tantay. Many years
ago she met Grandfather and Eneke-Alish. She said, "This is a dream fulfilled ".

We want to share a little history of Grandfather Semu and a healing Center he built years ago in California.

Grandfather was the founder of four non-profit organizations. He secured land for the purpose of having an inter tribal and inter racial educational healing center. Grandfather Semu and his wife Eneke-Alish found and secured 140 acres in the Mountains of San Luis Obispo County, California. Grandfather raised funds to help pay the land off, to build structures people could live in, with wood burning stoves.  A school was built for the children in the style of Hogan Shaped,  with sky lights and the windows were high so the children could not see out but had plenty of light to see their work. Their desks were attached to the walls and had drawers for each child. There was a wood burning stove in the center and the teacher had her blackboard, so all the children had to do is turn their seats to view the board and teacher. In the morning the children and teacher gathered at the school-house to sing around the drum welcoming in the new day. The young men (this is what they were called) had their own drum and lead drummer. The girls were called young women or little mommas. This is a way of life Grandfather taught.

The trading post made it possible for the guests to come in and enjoy viewing all the crafts that the people created and silver smith’s creations with turquoise as well as paintings. The Children had their crafts in the trading post for the guests to buy as well. All proceeds went into the general fund account. They had an office for the records and a pleasant place for the secretary and treasurer to work.
An underground kiva was built. There were paintings on the walls; some were from the cave paintings, like, Tobet coming down from the stars to give the laws to the people to live by, to be caretakers of this paradise. They would have food, shelter, clothing and medicine, all they had to do is follow the laws of the creator and they would live in paradise.

Also there was a sweat lodge for the women and one for the men. Grandfather showed the men how to make adobe bricks to build the meeting house (Vanqweh). He made contact with the tree people so they came out with fruit trees to plant. He built a partially adobe green house with sections of glass. He also had a Library built.

Grandfather Semu turned the foundation over to the people, and then went on to build other healing centers.
Now our vision is to acquire land and build an inter tribal and inter racial educational healing center. The non-profit 501 (c) (3) will allow people to donate and receive a full tax deduction.

We  mailed the articles of incorporation Akiwa Tantay Foundation to the Arizona Corporation Commission  on October 3, 2007

We will keep you informed as things progress via the newsletter in the near future. We are very fortunate to have a webmaster Bart Szeinbach that is so skilled in his work and really cares, thank you!  “Sumasil” health and happiness!
Eneke-Alish Huaute