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Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff: Indigenous Elder Wisdom for Modern Times

Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff was born and raised with a traditional upbringing on the Pribilof Islands of the Bering Sea. His traditional name, Kuuyux, was given to him when he was four and means extension of ancient knowledge into modern times. … Continue reading

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Interview with Peter Kingsley: Remembering What We Have Forgotten

by Richard Whittaker, Works & Conversations, May 21, 2011

Peter Kinglsey: There are lots of people who use the word “challenge” to define what my work is putting on the table–spiritually and philosophically, culturally and historically. But to me it’s all very simple. Most of the problems we have in the West are not due to the fact that at the origins of Western civilization there’s something fundamentally wrong. On the contrary, there’s something infinitely precious at the origins of our civilization. The trouble is that it’s been lost because we started taking it for granted. We’ve gradually let it distort itself and so it keeps on falling down one octave, then another octave of understanding. I don’t really see how anybody on a philosophical, or spiritual, or any other kind of level could object to the challenge to wake up now and take responsibility for what we have been given.
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Keepers of the Seeds:

How Native farmers and gardeners are working to preserve their agricultural heritage.

by Winona LaDuke

For 14 years, Caroline Chartrand, a Metis woman who recently traveled from Winnipeg, Canada, to the 8th annual Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference, has been looking for the heritage seeds of her people. It is believed that in the 1800s, the Metis grew some 120 distinct seed varieties in the Red River area of Canada. Of those, Caroline says, “We ended up finding about 20 so far.”

In Canada, three-quarters of all the crop varieties that existed before the 20th century are extinct. And, of the remaining quarter, only 10 percent are available commercially from Canadian seed companies (the remainder are held by gardeners and families). Over 64 percent of the commercially held seeds are offered by only one company; if those varieties are dropped, the seeds may be lost. Continue reading

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A Story Waiting to Pierce You: Mongolia, Tibet and the Destiny of the Western World

by Peter Kingsley. A breathtaking account of our past and our future as human beings. Firmly and gracefully it traces the ancient threads that connect Mongolia, Tibet and Native Americans to the very origins of western civilization—showing how these sacred … Continue reading

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Thoughts on a World in Which Consciousness is Reality

by Rose von Thater-Braan, (Tuscarora/Cherokee), founding director of the Native American Academy. This is an amazing piece of writing that conveys in a very unique way a taste of what it might be like to experience the world as conscious … Continue reading

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Language keepers

by Donna Laurent Caruso. “L8dwaw8gan wji Abaznodakaw8gan” (The Language of Basket Making) is a newly available book by Jesse Bruchac with Elie Joubert and Jeanne Brink that presents a unique way to continue the revitalization of the Abenaki language. more>>

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Recovering the Ancient Role of Women in Akwesasne

“Women are the traditional leaders in Iroquois culture. Their models of government and leadership were seeds for the U.S. Constitution and the women’s suffrage movement. Recently a hundred Iroquois women convened at a heritage center in Akwesasne to try to … Continue reading

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Brave Heart Society – Girls Coming-of-Age Ceremony

Please enjoy this NPR story on a girls’ coming of age ceremony by the South Dakota organization Brave Heart Society! The story can be found here. A wonderful set of short videos can be found here.

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The Leadership Imperative

An interview with Oren Lyons, by Barry Lopez OREN LYONS, seventy-six, is a wisdom carrier, one of the bearers of a variety of human tradition that can’t easily be reduced to a couple of sentences. Published in the January/February 2007 … Continue reading

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Global Warming Revisited:

Recognizing the Universal Systems of Nature that Governs the Earth by Oren Lyons, Onondaga, April 2010 “Some things bear repeating because they are well researched scientific assessments on the issues of global warming and the consequences of human ego and … Continue reading

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