Film executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford exposes environmental threats to the Colorado River and offers solutions

SANTA CRUZ, CA – KAZU 90.3 FM and the Huichol Foundation are presenting a special Earth Day screening of the environmental film “WATERSHED: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West,” executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mark Decena. The film will be shown on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz beginning at 7 pm. Following the movie, there will be a question and answer period with director Mark Decena as well as a panel of local experts on water conservation including Huichol Foundation co-founder Nico Secunda.

“WATERSHED” tells the story of the threats to the Colorado River, the most dammed, dibbed, and diverted river in the world. Flowing through seven U.S. and two Mexican states, the Colorado River is a lifeline to more than 30 million people and faces ever-expanding populations and demand, along with diminished rainfall and rising temperatures.  The river’s delta was once a lush region covering over 3,000 square miles, teeming with plant, bird, and marine life.  However, a century of dams and diversions to supply water to agriculture, industry, cities, and towns means the once-mighty Colorado now runs dry before it reaches its natural end at the Gulf of California. Unless action is taken the river will continue its retreat, to the peril of the communities throughout the river basin.

The Redford Center produced the documentary WATERSHED as an inspirational social action tool for people who want to restore the Colorado River.  WATERSHED offers solutions and hope for the future water supply of the American West.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Entry is free to those who register online prior to April 18 at https://www.kazu.org and will be $5 at the door. The Huichol Foundation will have an information table at the film screening which will provide guests an opportunity to learn about the Huichol culture and various ways in which they can play an active role in cultural preservation.

About KAZU 90.3 FM

KAZU 90.3 FM is the NPR station for the Monterey Bay. KAZU is a listener-supported radio station, serving Monterey, Salinas, and Santa Cruz communities with news, information, and cultural programming. For more information please visit www.kazu.org.

About the Huichol Foundation

The Huichol Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the cultural, environmental, and economic survival of one of the last indigenous cultures in Mexico, the Huichol people. For more than 30 years, the Huichol Foundation’s co-founder Brant Secunda has been dedicated to the Huichol communities by supporting schools, fostering traditional art, promoting ceremonial customs, preserving local ecosystems and developing sustainable economic opportunities. The Huichol Foundation is now growing established programs and introducing a host of new projects to further foster this precious culture. For more information please visit www.huicholfoundation.org.


Kaia Roman, Huichol Foundation



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Renowned shaman to end the event with traditional Huichol ceremony

SANTA CRUZ, CA – Brant Secunda, renowned Huichol shaman and founder of the Dance of the Deer Foundation, will perform the final closing ceremony for the 13th Annual New Living Expo, to be held at the San Mateo Event Center April 25-27. The traditional Huichol shamanic ceremony will call on the four directions and four elements, as well as the spirit of the land and the kupuri (Huichol word for “life force”) in all of the participants.

“The closing ceremony will invoke healing, well-being and unity, brining balance to all participants to go forth retaining the power and positive energy from the event,” said Brant Secunda.

“We are honored to welcome Brant to the New Living Expo and excited for him to share this special shamanic ceremony from the indigenous Huichol people of Mexico,” said New Living Expo Director Ken Kaufman.

The closing ceremony will take place on the Music Stage at the New Living Expo at the San Mateo Event Center on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 7:00 pm. For more information see https://www.newlivingexpo.com/closing-ceremony

About Brant Secunda

Brant Secunda is a shaman, healer, and ceremonial leader in the Huichol Indian tradition of Mexico. He completed a 12-year apprenticeship with Don José Matsuwa, the renowned shaman who passed away in 1990 at the age of 110.  Don José adopted Brant as his grandson, leaving him in his place to help carry on the practice of Huichol Shamanism. Since 1979 Brant Secunda has been the Director of the Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies and leads seminars and pilgrimages worldwide. Brant is also the co-founder of the Peace University in Berlin, the American Herbalist Guild, and the Huichol Foundation.  His work has been documented on television, radio, and in articles and books worldwide. He is the co-author of the award-winning book Fit Soul Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You.

For more information, please visit www.SHAMANISM.com

About New Living Expo

The New Living Expo is Northern California’s premier event for natural health. The 13th Annual New Living Expo will take place April 25-27, 2014 at the San Mateo Event Center. The event features many lectures, DIY panels on subjects varying from raw foods to anti-aging options, 200+ special exhibits, Yoga Pavilion and classes, QiGong demos, natural food sampling and dining area, alternative book store, live music and the Organic Wine & Beer Pavilion. For information see www.newlivingexpo.com


Kaia Roman, Dance of the Deer Foundation



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