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Movies You Might’ve Missed | Indigenous wisdom

Embrace of the Serpent is an emotionally and visually stunning 2015 film by Ciro Guerra, shot primarily in black and white in the Amazon rainforest of Columbia. It traces the parallels stories of two scientists, one in 1909 and another in 1940, who each seek out an indigenous shaman, Karamakate, in hopes that he will lead them to a medicinal, psychotropic plant. The film explores themes of colonial exploitation of […]

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Lakota Sioux | Creation story

There was another world before this one. But the people of that world did not behave themselves. Displeased, the Creating Power set out to make a new world. He sang several songs to bring rain, which poured stronger with each song. As he sang the fourth song, the earth split apart and water gushed up through the many cracks, causing a flood. By the time the rain stopped, all of […]

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Malidoma Somé | A year to make peace with fire

Welcome to 2017, a Fire Year. Those who understand the character of each of the elements in the Dagara cosmological wheel—Water, Earth, Fire, Mineral, and Nature—know that Fire kindles and sustains an animating and pervasive energy in all that lives. Fire is in the water that runs, it is in the trees, the rocks, the earth, and in ourselves. It is the mediator between worlds since it is very close […]

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Autumn Bernhardt | Manifest Destiny this week and Night Nostalgia

Manifest Destiny this week Manifest Destiny this week is not transcontinental railroads, rain following the plow, or buffalo on the prairie without hides. Manifest Destiny this week is pipelines under the river through burial grounds without free, prior, and informed consent. Manifest Destiny this week is not benevolent imperialism, the yeoman farmer that came and went, the American dream, the pastoral idyllic. Manifest Destiny this week is a Town Hall […]

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