Using Peacekeeper Teachings and the Call of Creative Artists to Build Community
By David Three Arrows Barkley
The Black Indian Inn and Gallery G, founded June 9, 1992 by Ebony Three Arrows, has a stable of 9 artists. There are 9 to11 individuals who consider the Inn their “home”, while the Inn also serves as center for a larger community of people many of whom have can come to the Inn at any time. Together, the Inn’s residents and extended community are the Black Indian Inn family or clan.
People live by the Principles—rather than by a lease—
and recognize the synchronicity that came with aligning
our thought, word and deed.
Being at the center of this community was difficult in the beginning. However, after people lived by the Principles—rather than by a lease—and recognized the synchronicity that came with aligning our thought, word and deed, no one wants to leave. And the waiting list to reside at the Black Indian Inn is growing.
BlackIndian Inn is demonstrating that these Principles
can help form, stabilize and promote communities.
The Principles we applied were adapted from beliefs and practices that have guided many indigenous communities around the world and are very reflective of the Peacekeeper teachings of Ven. Dhyani Ywahoo and the Green Mountain Band of the AniYunWiWa. BlackIndian Inn is demonstrating that these Principles can help form, stabilize and promote communities of individuals who want to come together around shared purpose, clear intention, and peaceful and joyful living.
David Three Arrows Barkley is an artist, a member of the Green Mountain Band of the AniYunWiWa, and a founder of the Black Indian Inn and Gallery G.