Ryan HeavyHead

is creating a community that respectfully co-exists with rattlesnakes

7

patrons

$40

per month
I mitigate human-rattlesnake encounters in the city of Lethbridge, Alberta, where I'm often also called on to assist injured wildlife. Both services I undertake in partial fulfillment of my duties as an Iiyaohkiimi in the Blackfoot tradition. I document this work on my YouTube vlog, along with many videos that feature rare educational and inspirational content pertaining to Indigenous ecological knowledge, Blackfoot language, sacred sites, phenological studies, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, rattlesnake conservation, barefoot running, martial arts, and other topics. I'm hoping to attract philanthropic interest in my work through Patreon, as I envision eventually opening a rattlesnake sanctuary and wildlife rehabilitation/ education centre. My set-up expenses for this endeavour are estimated at 1.5 million dollars Canadian... which is far outside of my means. I struggle just to feed, and house, and pay veterinary expenses for the wildlife who come into my care each year. All support for my work is welcomed... and if it ever starts to look as though there's enough interest to make my larger vision a reality, then I will make some kind of announcement that a certain percentage of the contributions will be directed solely to that. For now though, I just hope to find patrons who think what I'm doing with my life is important, and who are willing to help fund it
Tiers
Ainna'kootsiiyo'p
$5 or more per month
Those who donate at least five dollars per month for a year will receive a t-shirt from my Lethbridge rattlesnake project that features an illustration of Calf Shirt, the first Lethbridge snake wrangler, who lost his parents at a young age, and felt that a pair of rattlesnakes adopted him afterward. This design was created by Kainai artist Marjie Crop Eared Wolf. I silk-screen each shirt by hand, and it includes the caption, "Ainna'kootsiiyo'p: We Coexist In Mutual Respect"
Goals
$40 of $250 per month
When I'm receiving support of at least $250 per month - i.e. the average monthly pet store bill in providing for my rescue animals - then I will draw a random name from among my patrons to win the hand-written Blackfoot language phrasebook being composed over the winter of 2017-18
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I mitigate human-rattlesnake encounters in the city of Lethbridge, Alberta, where I'm often also called on to assist injured wildlife. Both services I undertake in partial fulfillment of my duties as an Iiyaohkiimi in the Blackfoot tradition. I document this work on my YouTube vlog, along with many videos that feature rare educational and inspirational content pertaining to Indigenous ecological knowledge, Blackfoot language, sacred sites, phenological studies, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, rattlesnake conservation, barefoot running, martial arts, and other topics. I'm hoping to attract philanthropic interest in my work through Patreon, as I envision eventually opening a rattlesnake sanctuary and wildlife rehabilitation/ education centre. My set-up expenses for this endeavour are estimated at 1.5 million dollars Canadian... which is far outside of my means. I struggle just to feed, and house, and pay veterinary expenses for the wildlife who come into my care each year. All support for my work is welcomed... and if it ever starts to look as though there's enough interest to make my larger vision a reality, then I will make some kind of announcement that a certain percentage of the contributions will be directed solely to that. For now though, I just hope to find patrons who think what I'm doing with my life is important, and who are willing to help fund it

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Tiers
Ainna'kootsiiyo'p
$5 or more per month
Those who donate at least five dollars per month for a year will receive a t-shirt from my Lethbridge rattlesnake project that features an illustration of Calf Shirt, the first Lethbridge snake wrangler, who lost his parents at a young age, and felt that a pair of rattlesnakes adopted him afterward. This design was created by Kainai artist Marjie Crop Eared Wolf. I silk-screen each shirt by hand, and it includes the caption, "Ainna'kootsiiyo'p: We Coexist In Mutual Respect"