Living Shaman Museum

Clayton Thiel Sculpture

MUSEUM…a place where the “muses” live.


Shamanism, their indigenous healing practices, and their attendant artifacts and art, have largely been relegated to anthropology, history, and art museums in mostly a “dead” (a thing of the past, or in some way irrelevant to the modern world) rather than a “living” way. The Living Shaman Museum will make shamanism relevant to the modern world by showcasing live shamans who will demonstrate and educate on the relevance and necessity of shamanism and indigenous sustainable practices.


Honoring the past, celebrating the present, and spiriting the future of shamanism, its practices and principles.


To keep alive the healing practices of shamanism of indigenous and modern cultures; to preserve and enliven shamanic art, ethnographic artifacts, archeological items, archival documents, sound and video recordings; to establish shamanic artifacts as art forms in the modern 21st century; to establish a living presence of modern shamans from around the globe; to educate and demonstrate shamanic healing practices; to promote sustainable lifestyle and global practices based on indigenous wisdom; to provide a healing space and educational opportunities within The Living Shaman Museum, and as out-reach; to actively demonstrate and promote shamanism as relevant and essential in today’s modern world; and to be the end-destination of practitioners and supporter of shamanism and the ecstatic arts all over the world.


· Establish the first and only permanent living museum of various shamans and indigenous healers from around the globe.
· Demonstrate and educate the public on shamanic practices by hosting living modern shamans and indigenous healers as a regularly scheduled feature at the museum.
· Display shamanic artifacts, as well as modern shamanic artists, in order to establish these artifacts as art forms, a re-orienting of current perceptions and lifting shamanic artifacts up to the category of artwork.
· Enliven shamanic practices, the ecstatic arts, medicinal plants and healing arts through the use of technology social media, virtual tours, real-time streaming videos, etc.
· Educate children and young adults by establishing a “traveling out-reach museum bus” that would travel to the area schools to provide shamanic demonstrations and education on shamanic practices and art.

Pamela Campbell

Pam Campbell joined ISI in the summer of 2013, and became ISI Project Director in January 2014. Pam’s previous career was in healthcare administration. Her life-long interest in sustainability and environmental issues led her to ISI. Pam shares her UC Berkeley Alma Mater with Dr. Cole, and holds a Masters degree in Public Administration, University of San Francisco.