Indigenous Wisdom


This Bioneers Collection speaks to the elemental connection between people and place in the context of the practical knowledge and cultural wisdom of our “old-growth” indigenous cultures. It vibrantly speaks to how all people can “re-indigenize” ourselves to our common home on planet Earth, as well as to our immediate community and bioregion, ecologically and culturally. These visionary indigenous leaders offer ways we can reinvent culture so that we can re-learn local, place-based ways to take care of human needs while sustaining the gifts of the Earth for future generations.

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These remarkable presentations by globally recognized indigenous leaders show how indigenous peoples are providing critically important leadership and insights into Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). This empirical “indigenous science” is specific to place, earned over generations of careful observation and cumulative collective cultural knowledge. To meet today’s challenges of globalized collapse that no society has ever faced before, indigenous science offers a different way of knowing that provides a crucial complement to the tools of Western science.


These leaders also illuminate what First Peoples sometimes call “The Original Instructions,” guiding principles, values, ethics, social processes and tools for how a culture or society can organize itself in relation to place, embody kinship, and practice peace. They teach us how to be a good human being in right relationship to the web of life and each other.


The Indigeneity Collection highlights how old-growth cultures have learned to live for the long haul in relative balance with natural systems. They are the guardians of lands that contain as much as 80 percent of the world’s remaining biodiversity, and protecting biocultural diversity is essential to conserve lands, species, traditional knowledge and ancient cultures.


The Indigeneity Collection is rich with both ancient wisdom and contemporary adaptive strategies that are of crucial importance for all people today seeking to create a sustainable, just and wise world.




Survive and Thrive: Traditional Societies’ Lessons | JOHN MOHAWK

Survive and Thrive: Traditional Societies’ Lesso...

JOHN MOHAWK

“All of the survival techniques we learned about our relations to cultivars and everything at this hour stands in peril. And our relationship to wild plan...

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Return of the Ancient Council Ways | OHKI SIMINE FOREST

Return of the Ancient Council Ways

OHKI SIMINE FOREST

“One of the main characteristics of the Council Ways is its inclusiveness. All is included, even the bad, and all has its place in the larger wheel. What ...

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Stopping the Energy Colonization of Sacred Native Lands | CLAYTON THOMAS-MULLER

Stopping the Energy Colonization of Sacred Native ...

CLAYTON THOMAS-MULLER

“What I’ve been telling folks is that climate change is the civil rights issue of my generation. It impacts virtually every segment of society, incl...

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Sustainable Solutions over Centuries | DUNE LANKARD

Sustainable Solutions over Centuries

DUNE LANKARD

“The Exxon Valdez oil spill changed my life. It took the nation’s worst oil spill to wake me up. To me, that was the day the water died. But it was ...

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Biocultural Conservation in the Amazon | CHIEF ALMIR

Biocultural Conservation in the Amazon

CHIEF ALMIR

“Today, we are 1,300 Surui. Before first contact, we were 5,000. That really woke us up because we knew that if we didn’t do anything, our people co...

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Navigating An Ancient Future | ELIZABETH KAPU'UWAILANI LINDSEY

Navigating An Ancient Future

ELIZABETH KAPU'UWAILANI LINDSEY

“We are connected 24-7, yet loneliness is at an all-time high. Overwhelmed and exhausted, millions are leading lives of quiet desperation. Our immaturity ...

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Revitalizing Indigeneity | MELISSA NELSON

Revitalizing Indigeneity

MELISSA NELSON

“I feel that revitalizing indigeneity really means that we have to reclaim the personal and ecological watersheds that we come from as part of our eco-cul...

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Conspiracy of Ancestors: The Indigeneity Essentials | DR. MELISSA NELSON

Conspiracy of Ancestors: The Indigeneity Essential...

DR. MELISSA NELSON

"A worldview that understands indigeneity is a paradigm of regeneration, a worldview rooted in enduring values in what we call our original instructions, c...

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Beloved Community: Hello, My Other Self | ILARION

Beloved Community: Hello, My Other Self

ILARION "LARRY" MERCULIEFF

"No community can exist in our minds without what we call the qualities of the real human being, which is open-heartedness and total acceptance and support...

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Formless Warriors: 21st Century Wisdom from Old-Growth Cultures | DUNE LANKARD

Formless Warriors: 21st Century Wisdom from Old-Gr...

DUNE LANKARD

"We have less wild places on the planet every single day. If we protect the indigenous rights of indigenous peoples then we’re going to be able to pr...

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Indigenous Peace Technologies: The Ancient Art of Getting Along | JEANNETTE ARMSTRONG

Indigenous Peace Technologies: The Ancient Art of ...

JEANNETTE ARMSTRONG

From North America to the Kalahari, Jeannette Armstrong, Marlowe Sam, Evan Pritchard, Kxao=Oma and Megan Biesele share powerful stories of how indigenous social...

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Surviving Climate Change: Plants, People and Place | JOHN MOHAWK

Surviving Climate Change: Plants, People and Place

JOHN MOHAWK

How secure are a far-flung global economy – and our food supply – in a time of climate change? Native American historian John Mohawk explores how ci...

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All My Relations: Indigenous Vision | CHIEF OREN LYONS

All My Relations: Indigenous Vision

CHIEF OREN LYONS

In these ecologically dangerous times, many call for a fundamental change of heart if we are to restore vital ecosystems. Oren Lyons, Leslie Gray and John Mohaw...

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Indigeneity: Becoming Native, Staying Native | JEANNETTE ARMSTRONG

Indigeneity: Becoming Native, Staying Native

JEANNETTE ARMSTRONG

Native American activists, educators, and leaders Jeannette Armstrong, Leslie Gray, and Katsi Cook share an inspiring Earth-honoring vision of what it means to ...

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The Art of Relationships: From Ecology to Healing | FRITJOF CAPRA

The Art of Relationships: From Ecology to Healing

FRITJOF CAPRA

Ecology is the superb art of interdependent relationships. Author and physicist Fritjof Capra, Native American educator Jeannette Armstrong, and medical researc...

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Nature Culture and Spirit Collection
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Bioneers Radio Series XIII
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