Lots of Changes

There are lots of changes taking place around the Shaman Smith studios these days.  New projects are in the works. Look for new films and CDs on the horizon. Most important, check out our new Facebook page. Come visit us there to see what we may be up to. You can also follow us and our adventures at Pantheacon in San Jose, California, February 17th to 20th. We’ll be there and hope to see you too!  If you see one of us at Pantheacon, be sure to ask about our ribbons!

CCPS Participation has positive results

An interview with Mary Stuart about the recent Conference on Current Pagan Studies and participation of Shaman Smith.


Over the weekend, January 28 – 29, 2017, members of Shaman Smith had the opportunity to attend the 13th Conference on Current Pagan Studies (CCPS) at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Rev. Devon Rachelle Setukara, and Mary Stuart represented Shaman Smith at this prestigious conference. Ms. Stuart commented, “I attended the Conference on Current Pagan Studies last weekend. It was honestly really great. We had a booth to present our DVD’s and to give out info on our upcoming productions.”

This was an informative event with several academic presentations by some of the biggest names in Pagan studies today. The theme of the conference was “Visions of the Future” for Paganism. According to Ms. Stuart, “the presenters were all on-topic and presented different views of where Paganism is going, or needs to go, and routes for getting us there.”

Shaman Smith fit right into their theme this year. In addition to their theme of “Visions of the Future,” there was a heavy ecological activism bent to many of the presentations, which was also perfect for our mission and direction.

The CCPS is an academic conference. Many of the presenters have multiple masters degrees or PhDs. And although the conference is open to non-academics — people do need to present in more of an academic style. This wasn’t a workshop or festival. We were presenting to accomplished individuals from California and other states, and this conference has been attended by individuals from several other countries. Even though it’s not a huge conference, people in the community feel that it is an important forum.

Ms. Stuart also mentioned, one of the things that was important is that “this particular event put Paganism in-line with the American Academy of Religions (AAR), and one of the keynote speakers, Amy Hale, is the incoming co-chair of the Pagan tract of AAR.”  This conference was also influential in establishing the Pagan tract of the Parliament of World Religions.

DevonRev. Devon Rachelle Setukara, one of the founders of Shaman Smith, screened a video clip of the Pagan Path Volume I, Natural Magic — a trailer which is currently on YouTube.

Her presentation was well received by the audience. It created a lot of interest in our group, Shaman Smith — which is why we chose to do the event. In her brief presentation prior to showing the clip, she spoke about our organization and our mission. She discussed our up-and-coming projects, a documentary film on the House of Brigh and our work with Orion Foxwood. This created a lot of interest and enthusiasm in our newest works. People promised to watch for our new productions and applauded our efforts in the community.  It was great to get that commendation and encouragement.

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Shaman Smith at the Conference this weekend

Join us Saturday at the Conference on Current Pagan Studies at Claremont Graduate University

and see Devon’s presentation on Shaman Smith’s film

Pagan Path Vol. 1 – Natural Magick

http://paganconference.com/about-2/  for details

Bringing Academia and Community Together

A Great Event to Present Your Work

The American Academy of Religion now recognizes Pagan Studies as a legitimate field of study, thanks to the work of Cat McEarchen, Wendy Griffin, Michael York and others. This, along with an expansion of peer reviewed journals, such as The Pomegranate and academic presses such as Alta Mira, which publish work on Pagan Studies, makes it a great time to be organizing your work to present to the academy.

This academic conference welcomes the community to be part of this effort. Embodied knowledge, practically learned knowledge, and inherited knowledge are important contributions to the epistemology of Pagan thought when viewed through the analytical lens that all knowledge is seen through in the academy. Especially this year, we are interested in the practical work that emerges from a sustainable theoretical framework. We are also interested in ways to affect the future through writings, politics, research, consciousness or other ways that you have found to think of saving the planet for future generations.