Indigenous Wisdom

They, Our Ancestors, Are Still With Us Undefeated By Time. In Every Breath They Are Still With Us. Polish Folk Song

In this interview, Larry Merculieff  an Aluet Elder,  describes the sacred within all women and how without women coming together in sacred ceremony nothing new can be born at this time.

And in this more  recent talk he expands on why we need to come together in circles and explains the different roles of men and women at this time

Angaangaq is an Elder from Greenland that some of us had the privilege of meeting when he was in London for a few days

The Old New Ways

the old ways

 ‘Aborigines and indeed any indigenous tribal peoples believe that the spirit of their
consciousness and way of life exists like a seed buried in the Earth. –
Dreams,deep collective memories and imaginings are more potent than religious faith and
scientific theories in lifting us above the catastrophic ending that confronts us all.’

Voices of the First Day: Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime by Robert Lawlor

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‘Only now when tribal peoples have almost gone has the West
awakened to the fact that rather than lands and possessions it is their subtle abilities
and environmental wisdom forged since the beginning of time which are of paramount
importance to us all.

The new psychologies of hypnotic suggestion and creative
visualization are increasingly aware that we are capably of infinitely more than the assumed
constraints of ‘physical laws’ on our bodies and minds would have us believe.’

Ring of Fire: An Indonesian Odyssey by Lawrence Blair

being

“What finally turned me back toward the older traditions of my own [Chickasaw]
and other Native peoples was the inhumanity of the Western world,
the places–both inside and out–where the culture’s knowledge and language don’t go, and the despair,
even desperation, it has spawned.
We live, I see now, by different stories, the Western mind and the indigenous.
In the older, more mature cultures where people still live within the kinship circles of animals
and human beings there is a connection with animals, not only as food, but as ‘powers,’
a word which can be taken to mean states of being, gifts, or capabilities.

I’ve found, too, that the ancient intellectual traditions are not merely about belief, as some would say.
Belief is not a strong enough word. They are more than that:They are part of lived experience,
the on-going experience of people rooted in centuries-old knowledge that is held deep and strong,
knowledge about the natural laws of Earth, from the beginning of creation,
and the magnificent terrestrial intelligence still at work,
an intelligence now newly called ecology by the Western science that tells us what our oldest tribal stories maintain–
the human animal is a relatively new creation here; animal and plant presences were here before us;
and we are truly the younger sisters and brothers of the other animal species,
not quite as well developed as we thought we were.
It is through our relationships with animals and plants that we maintain a way of living,
a cultural ethics shaped from an ancient understanding of the world,
and this is remembered in stories that are the deepest reflections of our shared lives on Earth.

That we held, and still hold, treaties with the animals and plant species is a known part of tribal culture.
The relationship between human people and animals is still alive and resonant in the world,
the ancient tellings carried on by a constellation of stories, songs, and ceremonies,
all shaped by lived knowledge of the world and its many interwoven,
unending relationships.
These stories and ceremonies keep open the bridge between one kind of intelligence and another,
one species and another.
Linda Hogan
(from her essay “First People”)