Kunsi Keya ​​
​Tamakoce

​​Kunsi Keya was incorporated in 2005, achieved 501c3 status in 2008, and in 2013 was recognized by the United Nations as an Indigenous People's Organization.

​Grandmother Turtle Land
​​Beverly Little Thunder
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The birth mother of the Women's Sundance is Beverly Little Thunder. Beverly began dancing 40 years ago. Until 1987, Beverly was a Lakota Sundance leader and recognized as a respected female in the traditional Sundance community. When Beverly came out as a "two-spirit" womon, she was asked to leave her traditional Sundance family. Seeking guidance, Beverly approached a female elder. The elder's wisdom led Beverly to envision a variation of the traditional Lakota Sundance: a ceremony of strength and empowerment generated by women. Beverly's vision imagined change in some traditional protocol.
In traditional Lakota ceremonies, women are inferior to men.
The vision, gifted to Beverly portrayed women, Native American and from other descents, fulfilling the roles of Sundance in a careful and nurturing way. Presently, Beverly, and her partner Pam Alexander are living on 101 acres of land in Vermont where the ceremony will be held. Beverly's vision is to build a community forĀ  women of Native descent to have space to honor the ceremonies of their ancestors. The land will be held in trust for future generations to care for, and continue the Women's Sundance Ceremony.

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​​Lushanya Echeverria

Beverly's daughter Lushanya has participated with her mother in ceremonies since she was 3 years old. She has Sundanced many years and trained to pour water in the Inipi. She assists her mother in all aspects of the ceremony with the full knowledge that she will one day continue the work her mother has started. Lushanya has her masters degree in education from Arizona State University.
Lushanya divides her time between the land at Kunsi Keya Tamakoce in Huntington, Vermont, and Phoenix, Az.


​​The Land
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Kunsi Keya Tamakoce (Grandmother Turtle Land) is an independent women-run, safe space community. Based on the Lakota spiritual principle of Mitakuye Oyasin, or egalitarianism and interdependence with All Our Relations, Kunsi Keya Tamakoce (KKT) preserves indigenous religious heritage and fights against racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, ageism and ecological violence experienced in tribal populations and the world at large. ​​

The vision for the 101 acres of rural mountain, woodland and field where Kunsi Keya is located, is to provide a permanent home for Lakota ceremonies.

Through our gatherings and programs, participants can reconnect with nature and develop awareness of and respect for the animals and natural worlds. Kunsi Keya is a place for healing by working the land through sustainable practices. The land is intended to be a model of environmentally sound land use practices, including sustainable farming and forestry, medicinal healing gardens, trails, and habitat improvement.

Kunsi Keya was incorporated in 2005, achieved 501c3 status in 2008, and in 2013 was recognized by the United Nations as an Indigenous People's Organization