Tag Archives | The Earth speaks

maxresdefault6-600x338 earth with clouds enlarged

March 2017 The Earth speaks | Reclaiming indigenous wisdom

Indigenous people in traditional cultures maintain a personal relationship with the Earth, along with the animals, elements, rocks and trees, fire and sky, water and wind—as the Lakota Sioux say, “All our relations.” They tend to these relationships—honoring them not just with prayers, but with the other half of communication: listening. Thus, they know that the Earth speaks—lovingly, like a mother to her children. And though they feel the Earth reeling […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

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 […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

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 […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

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 […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Like what you're reading?
Never miss an issue