About the Po-Ha-Bah Project
Newe people have occupied the Great Basin area since time immemorial. Some Newe now live in one of the thirteen reservations or colonies, but over 80% live outside any identified Newe community, and lack cultural resources and community. At Poo-Ha-Bah, they believe that the well-being of Native people— physically, emotionally and spiritually— depends on solid grounding in traditional identity and practices, including language, social customs and ceremony. However, there are many challenges to their cultural survival. At Poo-Ha-Bah, they keep Newe culture and traditions alive daily, and share with other Newe and the next generations.
Poo-Ha-Bah is a Newe (Shoshone) word meaning Doctor Water. Poo-Ha-Bah is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization located at the exceptionally healing Hot Springs in Tecopa, California. It was founded in 1998 by Newe Spiritual Leader Corbin Harney (1920-2007) who was also a recipient of NCPC funds. Poo-Ha-Bah is now under the leadership of Darlene Graham, and an all-woman Native Board of Directors with many years of collective business experience.
Poo-Ha-Bah offers access to the Hot Springs to groups, Newe language mentoring programs, Cultural Preservation programs, numerous Women's and Native Youth Gatherings, Retreats and Workshops, Environmentaal Justice Program speakers, and personal healings. Volunteers are welcomed to help repair and reovate the grounds with numerous ongoing projects.
The NCPC Board was excited to be able to assist Poo-Ha-Bah to continue with the work and vision of Corbin Harney, and to expand it to new horizions.
About Darlene Graham, President:
Darlene teaches about Newe medicine plants, language and spiritual practice, and leads or participates in traditional ceremonies in numerous Newe communities. She organizes Newe spiritual gatherings at Bah-Tsa-Gom-Bah (Rock Creek, a threatened Newe sacred site) twice a year, and assists at other annual Newe gatherings, such as Yucca Mt. and Currant Mt.
Poo-Ha-Bah says "Thank you NCPC!"
Dear Clyde Hall and Board Members,
We at Poo Ha Bah thank you so much for your generous donation. We have been working hard at Poo Ha Bah getting things up and running and all is going well. Your donation will help so much.
Blessings and Eshe Eshe, (That means Thank-you in Shoshone)
Brenda Morgan Treasurer,
Darlene Graham President,
Lexy Ward Secretary,
Pauline Esteves Elder and Board ChairPerson,
Sandy Dann Board member,
Lois Whitney Board Member