Tag Archives | Indigenous wisdom

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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Jose Ajpu Munoz | The Mayan calendar’s predictions for 2017 and beyond

The Mayan people have been keeping mathematical calendars for thousands of years. It was the ending of their previous 26,000-year-long calendar, on December 21, 2012, that gave rise to predictions of the end of the world. But, as is now obvious, “the end” was simply the ending of that calendar. The Sixth Sun Mayan Calendar—our present 26,000-year-long calendar—is a tool that allows people to remember that past, present, and future […]

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Australian aborigines | The seven sisters and the faithful lovers

IN THE DREAM TIME, many ages ago, the cluster of stars which we now know as the Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters, were seven beautiful ice maidens. Their parents were a great rugged mountain whose dark head was hidden in the clouds, and an ice-cold stream that flowed from the snow-clad hills. The Seven Sisters wandered across the land, with their long hair flying behind them like storm clouds before […]

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