Carl Big Heart’s work and visions have been blessed and approved by elders from the Abenaki, Muskogee Creek, and Iroquois Nations; they have also been accepted by recognized teachers in the Sufi, Buddhist, and Hindu traditions. He is considered a beloved teacher and medicine keeper in the Turtle Clan and is recognized by many spiritual leaders from the People of the First Nations as an elder.
Big Heart focuses on building bridges between the world’s wisdom traditions and on healing the relationship between humankind and all living beings. Through healing ceremony with the Sacred Pipe, the sweat lodge, and children’s blessings, as well as by giving in-depth talks, he seeks to connect us with our own living earth roots. His work regularly takes him to Holland, Germany, and Belgium. In the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, he has participated in programs at peace and reconciliation centers that have included workshops with young people from Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia.