In 1990, Tonatierra brought back the message from a conference in Quito, Ecuador of bringing in the Eagle & the Condor together; Northern & Southern Continents.
Peace and Dignity Journeys was started in 1992 to continue in the spirit of the traditions of our ancestors. Every four years Indigenous communities all over North, Central and South America witness and partake in the tradition of receiving runners with ceremonies unique to their community, sharing stories, song, dance, and the wisdom that comes from community elders and ceremony. Peace and Dignity Journeys runners start simultaneously from both ends of the continent in Chickaloon, Alaska and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina traversing the entire continent by foot from community to community and joining together for a final gathering in Central America, Panama.
The 2012 run is dedicated to Water, reminding all who have forgotten that Water is an important resource and a shared resource for all.
After the formation of the “Alianza Indigena” in 2000, it truly became an Inter-Tribal Organization of all Nations that sponsored the Peace & Dignity Run in Orange County with support of all Tribal Leaders including the Leaders of the Juaneno (Acjachemen) Nation. Peace & Dignity first entered Orange County in 2004.
Every run, Peace & Dignity Journey comes to one of the oldest surviving communities in Orange County: Anaheim Independencia community also know as “La Colonia”.
Orange County Peace & Dignity Staff was created by Joseph Manzo (Piro-Tewa-Manso). Currently, the staff is being cared for by Lupe Lopez and some respective elders from the Orange County Community.