Ryan HeavyHead

is creating a community that respectfully co-exists with urban wildlife
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Ainna'kootsiiyo'p
$5
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"
Classroom Guest
$10
per month

Those who commit to donating $10 per month will be invited to join as a guest in one of my private online classrooms or colloquia. Guest status will enable you to access most of the relevant core curriculum and study materials for the group and to participate in online exercises and discussions involving myself and other members. It's basically like you're auditing a course.

Áíssksinima'tsaa
$25
per month

Those who pay $25 per month will be enrolled as a Student in one of my private online classrooms or colloquia. This active status will ensure that your contributions to our discussions and exercises gets my attention and feedback. In addition to having access to everything that a Guest does, you will be able to view at least two private lectures per month, earn credits and certificates through the Aimmoniisiiksi Institute of Blackfoot Learning and potentially join in live events. Those who participate as a Student in one of my classrooms or colloquia for a full year will earn Membership, which involves lifetime access.

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patrons

$288

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About Ryan HeavyHead

I mitigate human-rattlesnake encounters in the city of Lethbridge, Alberta, where I'm also frequently called to relocate small mammals and assist all varieties of injured wildlife. These are 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, and to use this platform also as a tool for collecting tuition from and communicating with students.  Though I envision eventually opening a rattlesnake sanctuary and much-needed wildlife rehabilitation/ education centre in Lethbridge in the future, right now it's a challenge just to feed, house, and afford medical expenses for the wildlife who come into my care each year, and to keep myself available for these services. My winters are often difficult to survive, economically. 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 Patreon 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.
Goals
$250 – reached! per month
When I'm receiving support of at least $250 per month, I will draw a random Patron's name to win a mystery box filled with useful and/ or nostalgic items that I think you'll enjoy
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