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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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Book: Only the Sacred: Transforming Education in the Twenty-first Century edited by Peggy Whalen-Levitt

In this remarkable collection of articles originally published in “Chrysalis,” a publication of the Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World, we journey with twenty-three educators through an exploration of fundamental questions of our time, a path of inner … Continue reading

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Book: Exploring Wild Law: The Philosophy of Earth Jurisprudence edited by Peter Burdon

Profound and timely essays by Liz Hosken, Cormac Cullinan, and many others. Read an abstract, including the Dedication to Thomas Berry by Jules Cashford here>>

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Book: Becoming Native To This Place by Wes Jackson

Wes Jackson lays the foundation for a new farming economy grounded in nature’s principles and nurtured in small towns and rural communities. more info>>

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Engineering Bridges That Are Alive

In the northeast of India, the roots of fig trees have been trained for centuries to stop erosion from the flash floods of the Monsoon season and build living bridges that can survive any deluge: Watch video>>

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Life Study: How nature nurtures students at an inner-city high school

by Marilyn Berlin Snell

At 16—too young to be so mean—Ashley frequently let her claws fly in class. Scowls appeared at random, over slights no one could recall delivering. Her general disposition often kept the desks around hers vacant while the rest filled with students.

It was January of her junior year at Balboa High School in San Francisco, and the principal had just taken Ashley out of the communication-arts program that would have united her and two disruptive friends in the same classroom until graduation. Only 13 percent of Balboa’s junior class that year scored at or above the national average on the standardized reading and math tests—results that the San Francisco Unified School District called “nothing less than a crisis.” Continue reading

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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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Praying for the Earth

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. Article on HuffPost. “The earth needs our prayers more than we know. It needs us to acknowledge its sacred nature, that it is not just something to use and dispose. Many of us know the effectiveness of … Continue reading

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Film: Journey of the Universe

This film project and book is a collaboration of evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology with humanistic insights concerning the … Continue reading

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Film: A Farm for the Future

Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key. BBC Natural World Film. Film can be viewed HERE.

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