Journeys Into American Indian Territory was created because of the deeply meaningful experiences Robert Vetter, had while conducting graduate anthropological field work among Oklahoma’s Comanche and other tribes in the early 1980’s. He was “adopted” by several Indian people, and felt personally transformed as a result of the life and teachings they shared with him. Creating “Journeys” was a way “Bob” could share such experiences with other people like yourself. Giving an opportunity for non-Indian people step into a world that few others ever touch.
23 years now and we continue to provide cultural tours and educational school programs. "Journeys" staff consists of American Indian presenters and educators. We are offer our tours to anyone, regardless of location. Our educational programs primarily offered to schools in the New York tri-state area.
Robert Vetter, Director
Robert Vetter, M.A. is an anthropologist and educational consultant with Native American studies as his area of specialization. He began his ethnographic fieldwork among Native Americans in 1989. In addition to his work with children, Mr. Vetter also teaches courses and workshops for teachers through SCOPE and teacher centers throughout Long Island. He is an adjunct instructor in anthropology at S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook and Southampton College.
His adult and children's travel program has taken participants for immersion in Native cultures throughout Indian Country including Upstate New York's Iroquois people. It was featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Child Magazine, McCall's, NBC's "Today Show", and the Travel Channel's "Lonely Planet" series.
Maddi Cheers, Presenter
Maddi Cheers, B.S. has been teaching dance, creative movement and multicultural games to elementary age children for more than 20 years. As an actress and story teller she has developed classes in theatre and creative writing for various organizations including schools and camps. She is also co-creator of Funfit, a very successful family fitness program.
For the past 7 years, Maddi has studied extensively with Iroquois and other Native American elders. She has provided training programs on multicultural games and activities for teachers and recreational specialists in the Baltimore/Washington area and on Long Island.
Jamie Reason, Presenter
Jamie Reason is an enrolled tribal member of the Eastern Cherokees of Georgia, and is a member of the Southeastern Cherokee Council. He is an award-winning artist who specializes in traditional wood carving and painting. Among many other awards, he received first, second and third place for carved painted wooden ceremonial boxes at the Gallup Intertribal in 1999 at Red Rock, New Mexico. In 1992 he received the designation of “Master Artist” from the Southeastern Cherokee Council. A lifetime Pow-Wow dancer, Jamie was also a founding committee member of the Paumanauke Pow-Wow. Jamie has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles including the New York Times, Newsday, the American Indian Community House Newsletter, The Indian Trader, and many more. Jamie credits his grandfather for a great deal of the traditional Cherokee knowledge and teachings that have inspired and guided him in both his personal and professional life
Moses Starr, Presenter
Southern Cheyenne elder and ceremonial leader from Weatherford, Oklahoma. Moses is well known among the Cheyenne and other Indian communities in Oklahoma as a singer and m.c. at pow-wows and dances all over Plains Country. He serves as camp crier at the annual Cheyenne Sun Dance. He is also an advisor whose council is often sought by members of his tribe.
Eric Powers, Consultant/Presenter
"Ranger Eric" Powers is a biologist, teacher, photographer, outdoorsman, and overall nature-lover. He started leading nature hikes in 1988 as a Park Ranger in Colorado, served two years in the US Peace Corps as an Environmental Education Officer, and ran nature centers in Colorado, Alabama, and Long Island, New York. In 2005 he started YOUR CONNECTION TO NATURE, inc. (abbreviated YC2N) which offers high quality innovative Environmental Education to students and teachers, and fun educational EcoTours for adults. His current wildlife conservation projects include “Save Our Box Turtles,” “Bobwhite Quail vs Ticks,” “Vernal Pond Monitoring,” and “Owl Nesting Projects”...stay connected through FaceBook Your Connection To Nature Page!