Empowering Indigenous Peoples Project
The McCollum Foundation has a 50-year commitment to helping raise up the voices of Indigenous Peoples and empowering them to be seen, heard, and appreciated! An important step in this project took place in February 2019 when we took an international group of Indigenous Elders to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad India.
The elders were honored guests at what now stands as the largest gathering of human beings in history with over 150 million individuals attending the event. A sacred Kiva was built to honor the presence of the Elders who met with world dignitaries and conducted ceremony with Indigenous Elders from 40 countries to the appreciation and participation of huge audiences.
The team at the McCollum Foundation coordinated and provided the logistical support necessary to bring this about. We would like to express our deep gratitude to our amazing friends Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Sadhvi Bhaghawati of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram for graciously hosting us in India. We would also like to thank the Hindu America Foundation and in particular Mihir Meghani and Suhag Shukla for their financial assistance in support of this historic journey.