Tsalagi and Apache Elder
Larry Running Turtle is a full-blooded American Indian of Tsalagi and Apache descent and recognized as a wisdom keeper by his people. He was born in San Antonio Texas, and moved to Corpus Christi Texas where he has lived since the age of 7. His support of Native American issues includes countless ceremonies, lectures, television appearances, movies, documentaries, radio hosting and advocating for Native American burial grounds in Texas. Because of Larry’s efforts he has helped change laws in Texas pertaining to American Indian burial grounds. Larry studied Japanese and Korean martial arts for over 40 years with 4 black belts from 4 different styles. For years he studied and toured with Steven Segal. This led him to a 10 year commitment to study and practice Buddhist teachings and eventually he met His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Monk. Larry is a role model to many and is an Ambassador for the Goodwill Treaty for World Peace for the Indigenous People’s Grand Council of Peace. Recently he co-authored a book, The Pipe and The Pen, Remembering Our Original Instructions with Pamela Two Spirits Reader Ph.D. The book is about Native American, Buddhist and Catholic teachings.
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